“We will mould our nurses into competent health personnel and equip them with skills as they take up their posting in remote parts of the country,”

Smart Eagles Reporter.

Health Minister of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has announced governments policy of placing all graduate nurses under three (3) months of internship at big facilities such as the University Teaching Hospital, (UTH) before being deployed to serve in their various stations across the country.

Dr. Chilufya said the thorough mentorship process is so that the graduate nurses can gain the requisite competence to manage the facilities they will be manning in the rural and remote parts of the country.

The Minister said this when he officiated at the combined graduation ceremony of 296 graduates from the Kabwe, Chitambo and Agape schools of Nursing and Midwifery which took place at the Mulungushi University in Kabwe, Central Province this afternoon.

And Dr. Chilufya reveled that government still has a deficit of 42% of the targeted number of nurses to be recruited into the health sector.

To this effect, the Minister reiterated governments commitment to forging strong partnerships with private nursing schools to enhance human capital development for health.

And Dr. Chilufya announced that the Levy Mwanawasa University which trains health workers and whose Center of Excellence is in Lusaka, will have annexes doted across the country to make it easier for all those wishing to persue their studies at the institution to do so.

Dr. Chilufya said this formed part of the broad agenda of His Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, for Universal Health Coverage, leaving no one behind.

He said the establishment of more Hospitals, Mini Hospitals and health posts has brought with it a demand for more health personnel.

And Central Province Minister Hon. Sydney Mushanga said it is his hope that most If not all the 296 graduates would be deployed to work right in Central Province to cushion the deficit that is in the Province regarding health personnel.

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