Government plans to recruit 2,000 nurses to address the critical shortage of manpower in health institutions, Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi has said.
The minister said Government has been implementing the national training operational plan since 2013 to increase the availability of health personnel, enhance infrastructure and improve the provision of drugs and medical equipment.
She said this yesterday during the commemoration of International Nurses Day under the theme: “Nurses: A force for change, Care effective, cost effective”. The minister said Government intends to accelerate the supply of nursing personnel by increasing graduates from the current 5,500 to 10,000 every year. “We shall not relent until our targets and aspirations for quality and affordable healthcare to our citizens is fulfilled. Government has commenced the construction of two new training institutions in Senanga and at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in addition to the 27 other training institutions currently undergoing rehabilitation and expansion countrywide,” Ms Kabanshi said.
Ms Kabanshi said Government recognises the role that nurses play in the quest for national development by ensuring that the nation is healthy and productive. “I would like to urge all you nurses in the country to continue having a positive mindset and good attitude in the pursuit of excellence in your daily duties as this will have a profound impression on the recovery of the patients whom you pledged to serve,” Ms Kabanshi said. Earlier, Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation vice-president labour affairs Perpetual Kalobwe said nurses are overstretched as a result of multi-tasking.