Midwifery schools to provide training for nurses as demand increases

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A nurse gives the polio vaccine to a child. Photo: MNA

A course of study leading to a nursing diploma will be offered at midwifery schools to fulfil the high demand for nurses urgently needed in government hospitals, said Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin.
This was said in reply to a question raised by Daw Mya Hla San Kyauktada constituency (2), asking if there was any plan to open licensed training schools for nursing assistants so that they may receive better job opportunities. This was said during the second Yangon Region Hluttaw’s sixth regular session’s 36th-day meeting held yesterday
Given the low number of nurses working in government hospitals, there is a plan to open nursing diploma training programmes in midwifery schools, said U Naing Ngan Lin. “We will train some 4,000 nurses starting from November 2018.”
“Although over 30,000 graduated nurses, only some 20,000 nurses are serving in hospitals. Therefore, we need more than 15,000 nurses. An average 50 per cent of the nurses are working in government hospitals across the country,” said the social affairs minister.
Moreover, nurses are receiving low pay and facing unequal opportunities, discriminatory treatment and delays in job promotions. Therefore, most of them have left their jobs, he added. The Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council (MNMC) only issues licence to those nurses who will enter the workforce.
The council does not have any plans to issue licences to nurse assistants who are not professionally qualified.
There is a plan to open a private nurse assistants’ training school by the committee of Skills Standards Development and Training on healthcare under the National Skills Standard Authority, with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, said U Naing Ngan Lin.
The Ministry of Health and Sports trains 2,000 nurses from 25 nursing schools and two University of Nursing annually.
In 2017, more than 4,000 nurses graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing Science course.
From 1962 until September 2018, over 30,000 nurses obtained the nursing diploma, he added.


By Nyein Nyein


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