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Sheer need to empower nurses, midwives: Union Minister Ashwini Choubey


Sheer need to empower nurses, midwives: Union Minister Ashwini Choubey

New Delhi: Union minister Ashwini Choubey recently said that there is a sheer need to empower nurses and midwives as they play a vital role in providing basic medical services.

The MoS for Health also said they need to be perceived as equal partners in the healthcare sector.

“To meet the future needs of the growing healthcare sector and constantly increasing disease burden, there is a need to empower our nurses and perceive them as equal partners in health care,” Choubey said after inaugurating the second BRICS Nurses Forum hosted by Indian Nursing Council here.

He said the government was committed to developing the capacities of health care professionals, especially nurses and has taken several necessary steps towards improved governance in India’s public health system, through the establishment of robust recruitment, selection, promotion and transfer policies for our nurses.

“The government is determined for making significant improvements in nursing and midwifery education and services in the light of recommendations proposed under the 12th five-year plan and National Health Policy 2017,” the minister said.

He said the objective of the conference was to enhance the communication and understanding among the BRICS nations on the contribution of the nursing sector towards achieving universal health coverage in relation to nursing policies and practices.

“It is pertinent to note here that BRICS nations represent more than 40 per cent of worlds’ population and about 40 per cent of the global burden of diseases, playing an important role in the global health affairs,” Choubey said.

“The nursing cooperation of the BRICS nations will be of significance to the global disease prevention and improving people’s health in the BRICS nations. This will be beneficial as we face many common health challenges,” he said.

This conference aims at creating a platform for enabling networking of institutes, learning from best practices in BRICS countries and creating avenues for inter-professional collaborations and research.

It will see deliberations on nursing education regulation practice in the BRICS nations.

Around 30-40 delegates from professional nursing associations from BRICS countries i.e. Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are part of the second BRICS Nurses Forum along with 150 nursing professionals from India.

China hosted the 1st BRICS Nurses Forum in 2016 and BRICS nurses’ associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding nursing co-operation for the BRICS countries in Beijing in 2016.

The objective of the MoU is mutual learning and respect for cultural differences.




Source: PTI
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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan October 22, 2018, 11:18 pm

    My Sincere suggestions to The MINISTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE . PLEASE KEEP THE BABUS TOTALLY AWAY FROM HEALTH CARE & MEDICAL EDUCATION. NO EMPOWERMENT, IMPROVEMENT , PROGRESS & DEVELOPMENT CAN TAKE PLACE FOR SURE. IT IS TIME REINTERDUCE I M A – INDIAN MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION SERVICE WHICH WAS ABOLISHED DURING MR J L NEHRU REJIME ( THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY BY THE BABUS ).

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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan October 22, 2018, 11:08 pm

    Except IN DEFENCE ( INDIAN ARMY) NURSING STAFF IN INDIA ARE NOT GETTING / DUE RESPECT / VALUE / IMPORTANCE . ONE OF REASON BEING , MOST OF THEM COME FROM LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC & OBC & SC / ST CATEGORY ?. IT RARE TO FIND SOME ONE BELONGING TO THE GENERAL CATOGORY. SECONDLY MOST OF ARE NOT GOOD AT ENGLISH . DESPITE HAVING BASIC & MASTER DEGREES THEY DON\’T COME UNDER GROUP A OR GEGITED OFFICER RANK . WHERE AS A TASILDAR IS CONSIDERED SUPIRIOR TO THEM , THAT HAVING A BACHELOR degree. I AM HAPPY TO HEAR THE MONSTER TAKEN INTERST TO HELP THEM WITH BETTER STATUS ( MAY BE IT BECAUSE OF BRICKS SIMMIT ).