Sunday, May 22, 2022

‘Covid exposed under investment in Nursing Sector’

Staff Reporter


International Nurses Day (IND) was celebrated at a function organised by the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) Dimapur Unit at the Medical Fellowship Hall of District Hospital Dimapur (DHD), on Thursday.
Speaking on the theme: “Nurses: A voice to lead- Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”, DHD nursing tutor, Pursangla, described the COVID pandemic as “a blessing in disguise” as it exposed the weakness in the nursing sector due to under investment.
She said one of the reasons as to why investment in nursing was required, was due to widening of demand-supply of nurses. She said that prior to the pandemic, the global shortage of nurses was estimated to be around 5.9 million. During 2019-20, estimated shortage of nurses rose and even with a 4% downfall, the estimated shortage would rise up to 7 million.
She further stressed on topics such as “investment in nursing for better health care and delivery system”, and “flow of nurses to other states/countries” as reasons why investment of nurses was required.
Further speaking on how to invest in nursing to attain better health, she cited reasons such as “invest in oneself”, “investing in nursing education”, “investing in nursing jobs”, “investment in nurse leadership”, and “investment in prioritising safety of nurses and health workers”.
She later urged on the need to focus in investment in nursing and also to respect rights of nurses in whatever possible ways in order to build resilient, high quality health system to meet the needs of the individual and community.
Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent (MS), DHD, Dr. Khrielasanuo while delivering the exhortation, stated that nurses were the faces that all patients see, and also resembled their faces to that of God for all patients.
She lamented that it was only through pandemic that people were made known of the values and sacrifices of nurses.
Though the celebration of IND, she urged all nurses to remind and encourage themselves to light the lantern of compassion and love to everyone around them.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by president, TNAI Dimapur Unit, Bursenla and invocation offered by Dr. Reyosalu.
Highlights of the programme included play on the theme under the leadership of Tiasola and Alino Chophy, special number by doctors of DHD, group song under the incharge of Asst. Nsg, Suptd, Talinungla and N/T, Vilasieno, and entertainment by Alemmerenla, Mercy and friends.
Special prayer for the nurses was offered by chaplain, DHD, Rev Yhunlo Thong, while vote of thanks was delivered by vice president, TANI Dimapur unit, Vesalü Rhakho.


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