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Sunday, March 8, 2015

  •  A significant proportion of nurses faced violence while providing care at in public health facilities.

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Background The rising rate of workplace violence in health care facilities has become a major problem for health care providers including nurses. However, evidences are lacking in Ethiopia particularly in the study area. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence and associated factors of workplace violence among nurses working at health care facilities in Hawassa City Administration, Southern Ethiopia. Methods An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted on 660 randomly selected nurses working at public health facilities in Hawassa City Administration in April 2014. A pre-tested and structured questionnaire was used to collect the data. Data were entered using EPI-Info and exported to SPSS for further analysis. Descriptive statistics were done. Logistic regression analyses were used to see the association between different variables and the outcome variable. Odds ratios with 95% Confidence Interval (CI) were computed to determine the presence and strength of the association. Results In this study, the prevalence of workplace violence was 29.9% [95% CI: 26.5, 33.5)] of which physical violence accounted for 36 (18.22%), verbal abuse for 172 (89.58%) and sexual harassment for 25 (13.02%). Female sex [AOR=2.00, 95% CI: (1.28, 2.39)], short work experience [AOR=8.86, 95% CI: (3.47, 22.64)], age group of 22–25 [AOR=4.17, 95% CI: (2.46, 7.08)], age group of (26–35) [AOR=1.9, 95% CI (1.16, 3.1)], work in emergency [(AOR=4.28, 95% CI: (1.39, 4.34)] and work in the Inpatient Department [(AOR=2.11, 95% CI: (1.98, 2.64)] were the factors positively associated with workplace violence. Conclusions A significant proportion of nurses faced violence while providing care at in public health facilities. Being female, younger age, short work experience, and assignment in emergency and inpatient departments were positively associated with workplace violence. Policy makers and stakeholders should focus on workplace violence prevention strategies.

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Hagere Selam (Amharic, "Land of peace") is a town in southern Ethiopia. Located in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (or kilil), this town has a latitude and longitude of 6°29′N38°31′E and an elevation between 2759 and 2829 meters above sea level.
This town has both telephone and postal service, and is supplied with electricity by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation from the national grid.  more from Wikipedia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Lidetu Ayalew, the founder and the longest- serving president of Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), rose to prominence in Ethiopia’s opposition politics during the highly contested 2005 general elections.
Lidetu AyalewThe aftermath of that election, although it won Lidetu and his party seats in parliament, alienated him from a strong support base due to a split within theCoalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD). The impact continued during the 2010 general elections as EDP failed to win a single sit in parliament. And in 2011, Lidetu stepped down from his party’s presidency and virtually vanished from active politics since then. He then traveled to UK to do his MA in Developmental Studies at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. As the country warms up to the fifth general elections, Lidetu, a member of EDP’s Central Committee, has resurfaced with a new book titled Tiyatre Boletica (Theatre of Politics). Solomon Goshu of The Reportersat down with Lidetu to talk about his new book. Excerpts:
The Reporter: You seem to have vanished from the political scene. What have you been up to?
Lidetu Ayalew: I was studying in London for two years. Prior to that, I finished my term as president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) and a successor [Mushe Semu] was appointed. Although I am no longer in the Executive Committee, I am still a member of the Central Committee. And in that capacity, I am carrying out what is expected of me. The day-to-day task is performed by members of the executive committee. So, I am still active and will remain so in the future.
Read more at: The Reporter
Khartoum, Sudan -Ethiopia’s Walia U-23 side was eliminated from the All-Africa Games4-1 on aggregate score following a 2-0 defeat here today.
Mariano BarretoThe Sudanese won the first leg match 2-1 in Dire Dawa.
Walia’s coach Mariano Barreto told the media earlier that his side has been working hard for the past 2 weeks and he believes that they could reverse the score but it turn out to be another empty promise.
It is about time that the Ethiopian Football Federation does something about coach Barreto, who is said to receive $18,000/month in salary, as Ethiopia surely deserve a better result than the 1 victory, 1 draw &  6 defeats that the teams register in 8 matches under his care.