Health Ministry recruits 5,000 student nurses this year

The Health Ministry yesterday said it would recruit a total of 5000 student nurses for training in a bid to increase and improve the human resources and services provided by the government health sector.

 Spokesperson for the Health Ministry S.M.L. Kumari said they would be given their appointment letters tomorrow (11) at the Sugathadasa Stadium. She said that in 2011 the Ministry had recruited over 3300 nurses while in 2012 it recruited 2239. The number was increased to 2823 in 2013. This year another 2535 were already taken in as nursing trainees in keeping with the Five Year National Health Plan.

"However,  this would be our largest intake and the Health Ministry had allocated Rs. 200 million for each of the 18 nurses training schools to strengthen the facilities for such a large intake, she said.

 The Health Ministry had been able to increase the number of nurses from 15,000 in 2005 to over 30,000 by the end of 2014. This means that for every 100,000 persons there would be 130 nurses. The ratio would be increased to 160 for every 100,000 by the end of 2017, she said.   

The spokeswoman said the training would be given maintaining international standards, while student nurses would also be given the opportunity to participate in international and local training programmes to enhance their knowledge. (DJ)


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