Centre to spend over Rs 3,000cr to improve nursing services
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Last Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009, 00:40
Hyderabad: The Centre plans to invest over Rs 3,000 crore to strengthen the quality of nursing services in the country, during the current five-year plan.

"In order to strengthen the nursing and midwifery sector, for the first time, a sum of Rs 3,180 crore has been allocated during the current plan period," Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said here today, addressing the Asia Pacific Midwives Conference.

The government proposed to open 250 new Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) schools, besides taking steps for strengthening state Nursing Councils and State Nursing Cells, he said.

Praising the services of midwives, Azad said midwives are the backbone of any healthcare system.

He said the ratio of nurses to patients in the country is low, adding that only 9.30 lakh nurses and midwives are registered with various State Nursing Councils of India.

There is a requirement of about four lakh nurses, he said, and the government is opening more nursing schools to meet the rising demand.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 20, 2009, 00:40

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