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STAFFING NEEDED FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTION
We are an expanding Medical Centre in the north-western part of the country and in keeping with our
existing services and the establishment of new ones, we are looking for highly motivated individuals who
understand the current practice of Medicine and who are interested in being part of a team which leaves
no stone unturned in providing excellent service in the area of patient care. All of the positions listed are
Full-time, unless otherwise stated.
The candidate should possess certification in the relevant field and work experience in a medical environment would be an asset.
Successful candidates will be required to work in various areas of services, including Medical and Lifestyle Assessment,
Specialist Outpatient Services, Imaging, Operative interventions, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Engineering and
Maintenance. Business Management and Specialist Nursing post-graduate degrees would be considered suitable qualifi-
cations for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with more than 3 years experience in a similar field.
The incumbent would be required to provide on-site and on-call imaging service for X-ray, mammogram, fluoroscopy,
ultrasound, CT and MRI services. Applicants should possess the necessary qualifications in Radiography with at least 3
years experience in the appropriate subspecialty.
Our physiotherapists must possess at least a BSc or equivalent/related degree in Physiotherapy. Three or more years sub-
specialty training in the areas of stroke/brain-injured/cardiac rehabilitation is preferred. Our department provides care
on weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.
Applicants must possess an MLT or equivalent degree, be at least 3 years post certification and have experience in a full
range of investigations (Haematology, Biochemistry and Immunology) in order to function in this busy department.
Participation in an on-call roster is a requirement.
Qualified RNs and ENAs are required to fill positions in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, Dialysis, ICU, Emergency
Room, Operating Theatre and Outpatient Services.
Applicants should possess a degree/certificate in Biomedical Engineering or Electronics notwithstanding consideration
would be given to interest persons with other engineering degrees. Preference will be given to candidates with 3 or more
years experience in a similar position. Please note that this position includes on-call sessions. Full-time TECHNICIANS
are also needed in this department with maintenance experience and certification where applicable.
Vacancies are available in Internal Medicine, Emergency Room/Family Practice and Critical Care/Anaesthesia. Sessions
are also available in Emergency Room/Family Practice.
Doctors are also invited to apply for courtesy privileges in Operating Theatre, Outpatient and Emergency Department.
All appropriately qualified specialists will be considered.
Applications are also available for PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIANS and DENTISTS on a part-time or
All applicants are also required to submit
a copy of the application to:
Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.
Yet, they re incredibly less likely to get the disease
than to get sick worrying about it.
First, the reality check: More Americans have mar-
ried Kim Kardashian---three---than contracted Ebola
in the US The two Dallas nurses who came down
with Ebola were infected while treating a Liberian
man, who became infected in West Africa. The New
York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola had
been treating people in West Africa.
Still, schools have been closed, people shunned
and members of Congress have demanded travel bans
and other dramatic action---even though health officials
keep stressing that the disease is only spread through
direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected
person, and the risk to Americans is extremely low.
That s because Ebola pushes every fear button in
our instincts, making us react more emotionally than
rationally, experts say.
"The worry that people are being subjected to as
a result of the hysteria around this is probably doing
more damage than the actual disease," said E Alison
Holman, a professor at the University of California,
Irvine, who studied the health effects of populations
worried after watching coverage of the September 11
attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing and Iraq war.
"Frankly flu is more serious."
The impact of fear
Holman found in studies published by the American
Medical Association that the people who spent more
time watching television coverage on the September
11 attacks---and reported fear and anxiety---were three
times as likely to report new heart problems. The
more coverage they watched, the more physical ail-
ments they reported, she said.
Similarly, after the Boston Marathon bombing,
people who watched six hours or more of coverage
reported far more stress than those who watched
less, Holman said. That was true even for those at
Bruce McEwen, a neuroscientist who studies stress
at Rockefeller University in New York, said the fear
can lead people to change their lifestyle, making them
isolate themselves, lose sleep, stop exercising, change
their diet for the worse and drink or smoke.
Good fear vs bad fear
There are two types of fear that can almost come
down to good fear and bad fear.
The good fear is the type people look for around
Halloween in haunted houses or on roller coaster
rides at amusement parks. It s short, intense, gets
our juices going and removes boredom, said Vanderbilt
University psychiatry professor David Zald.
"There s a benefit of being afraid. In controlled
situations, many of us enjoy briefly being afraid,"
Zald said. "It can whip our attention to the here and
now like nothing else."
There s a sense of mastery or bravery that comes
out of walking out alive from a haunted house or
giant roller coaster, Zald said.
That type of acute-but-short stress actually makes
our immune system work better, McEwen said.
But long-term exposure to stress has the reverse
effect on the immune system. That s when it elevates
our blood pressure and contributes to heart disease.
Understanding the risk of fear
One of the major unknown problems with risk
and fear is that the public doesn t understand how
at risk they are from worry, not disease. "It ll do far
more damage than the disease," said David Ropeik,
who teaches risk perception and communication and
has written two books on risk.
Doctors and government officials tell us not to
worry and how hard it is to get Ebola, which is re-
assuring, Ropeik said. But "all the alarms are filling
up on our radar screens," and we give more weight
to the alarms because of the fear of death, he said.
Ebola pushes "all those fear buttons" because it
is new and foreign, said George Gray, director of the
Center for Risk Science and Public Health at George
Part of it is just the fear of the unknown, said
Mark Schuster, professor of paediatrics at Harvard
Americans who say they don t quite understand
how Ebola is transmitted report being more worried
than those who say they do, according to an Associated
Press-GfK Poll conducted in the past week and
released last Wednesday.
The medical team of the Paris emergency unit wearing their protective suits wait
in front of an ambulance for a training session to take care of suspected Ebola
cases during the presentation to the press, in Paris, last Friday. AP PHOTO
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