Number of nursing trainees to be doubled

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe addresses the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council at the University of Nursing in Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe addresses the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council at the University of Nursing in Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA

Up to 3,600 trainees will be admitted at the nursing schools in 2018, up from the previous annual admittance rate of 1,800, to address the shortage of nurses in the country, according to the top official of the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Speaking at the opening of the first plenary session of the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council (MNMC), Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe said, “MNMC is prioritizing the task of offering promotion opportunities for nurses and midwives, while producing the human resources of the two fields through diploma courses, off-campus and on-campus programs, as the vitality of their role is equal to that of doctors and other staff of the medical field.”
The Union Minister urged MNMC to adopt its work programs, to establish connections with international counterparts, to develop efficiency promotion and ethic enforcement programs and to enhance nursing and midwifery skills through cooperation with the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife
Association.
“Nurses and midwives should meet the 11 points of the core competency standard,” said the Union Minister, promising ministry assistance for the MNMC which must strive for the development of the nursing and midwifery sector through unity, team spirit, mutual respect and understanding and coordination.
The plenary session was opened at the University of Nursing in Yangon yesterday morning, with an inaugural address by Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein.
The Union Minister attended the dinner hosted at the university on 8 September evening in commemoration of MNMC first plenary session. — MNA

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