State, EU inject K5.4m in nursing schools

SOME of the 178 nurses and midwives during graduation at Luangwa House in Chipata yesterday. - Picture by DARLINGTON MWENDABAI.

GOVERNMENT and the European Union (EU) have allocated over K5.4 million for the upgrading of infrastructure at three nursing schools in Eastern Province.
The three schools are namely; Chipata nursing and midwifery, Mwami and Saint Francis schools of nursing.
Eastern Province permanent secretary Chileshe Mulenga disclosed this on Friday during the graduation ceremony of 178 nurses and midwives from the three training institutions.
Dr Mulenga said this in a speech read for him by the provincial medical officer Kennedy Malama.
He said K617,500 and K225, 317, was allocated for the construction of student’s hostels at Saint Francis  and Mwami School of Nursing, respectively, while Chipata   School of Nursing and Midwifery received K355, 000 for construction of a dining hall.
“Further, the EU, through the Ministry of Health, allocated K1.6 million to Saint Francis, Chipata nursing school got K1.3 million and Mwami received K1.4 million, for  the procurement of equipment and teaching aids,” he said.
Dr Mulenga said Government is committed to improve infrastructure and subsequently quality of nurses and midwives from training institutions across the country.
He said qualified nurses and midwives can assist the country to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health by 2015.
Dr Mulenga said it is unfortunate the province has less than 50 percent of midwives to deliver quality maternal services.
He, however, expressed happiness that Mwami nursing school has commenced the training of registered nurses after it satisfied the requirement set by the General Nursing Council of Zambia.
“I urged the nurses and health staff to keep health facilities clean and provide healthcare services in a humane way without discrimination based on social status, colour or gender,” he said.
And Dr Malama said Government is set to construct a nursing school in Lundazi district next year.
Dr Malama said the shortages of nurses and midwives will only be resolved through the construction of more training institutions.
He said this in a speech read for him by Chipata acting superintendent, Daniel Makawa.

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