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
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.