Two weeks ago, royal news an online news media published a sensational news headline which read 'Senate considers bill to address exodus of doctors, nurses'.
Sensationalism is a type of editorial tactic. Events and topics in news stories are selected and worded to excite the greatest number of readers and viewers. This style of news report encourages biased impressions of events rather than neutrality and may cause a manipulation to the truth of a story.
As expected, the news gained traction with multiple shares on social media with most people not taking time to even read the content of the news. In fact, there was no correlation between the headline and the news content.
The bill that was referred to in the article is the “Federal Medical Centers (Establishment) Bill, 2021”. While deliberating on this bill, many senators made submissions but the submission made by the APC Adamawa Central Senator, Aishatu Dahiru noted that the FMC bill legislation would address remuneration of employees of the medical center which in turn would check the exodus of doctors and nurses to other countries. How this singular comment was misconstrued and misinterpreted to birth this sensational headline beats everyone’s imagination.
As the bill scaled second reading and was referred to the committee on health, someone decided to make a voice note on the bill and share her thoughts on social media. That voice note went viral. The voice note while fanning the embers of misinformation called for a social media campaign against the bill for which the author lacked knowledge of its content. She made multiple false claims such as The bill has passed second reading to curtail nurses from traveling abroad, Scholarship abroad to study nursing would not be allowed, If your school fees was paid by the government to study nursing abroad you wont be permitted to, Nurses to be stopped from traveling anytime soon, If you haven’t done your verification, do it as soon as possible because they want to soon stop verifying people. She termed the bill a Blockage of ‘freedom of movement of travel’. All fake news!
Irrespective of the fact that the former NANNM president called for more stringent measures to curb nurses leaving the country where he pleaded that 'to stem the mass exodus of Nigerian nurses and indeed other medical workers to foreign countries, there should be a minimum number of years such professionals should work in Nigeria before being allowed to work abroad', his comments on the pages of the SUN newspaper doesnt translate to a bill to trauncate nurses wish to travel
Nursingworld has independently verified that there is no such bill to stop NMCN verification of Nurses and the news is totally fake. Kindly disregard any such information on social media.
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