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May 28, 2020

Private nursing schools urged to educate qualified nurse assistants

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe calls on private schools of nursing to conduct training meeting with standards set by the ministry and the National Skills Standard Authorities yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe calls on private schools of nursing to conduct training meeting with standards set by the ministry and the National Skills Standard Authorities yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe has called upon private schools of nursing to conduct training meeting with standards set by the ministry and the National Skills Standard Authorities.
He made the remark in his opening address at the workshop on nursing assistants at the University of Nursing in Yangon yesterday.
“The Ministry of Health and Sports has not yet officially permitted private schools for nursing assistants,” said the Union Minister, urging private nursing schools to graduate qualified nursing assistants as part of efforts for supplying the demand of nurse assistants in Myanmar.
He also called for cooperation among stakeholders for development of nursing and midwifery sectors in the country.
A workshop on Nursing Aids was held at the University of Nursing (Yangon) yesterday morning.
The Ministry of Health and Sports considered the development of nurses and midwives as a priority.
Graduating nursing assistants would greatly support the work of nurses, and better health care could be provided for patients in hospitals, said the Union Minister.
In order to fulfill the nurse and midwife requirements starting from 2018, the ministry had been training up to 400 nursing science trainees, 3,600 nurse-midwife diploma three year course trainees and some 1,300 all-round midwife diploma trainees yearly.
The ministry had conducted a 9-month Nurse Aid course (once a year), producing about 3,020 nursing assistants. As of February 2019, some 1,400 were employed in the ministry’s hospitals and clinics, while some of the remaining 1,620 were working as nurse assistants in private hospitals and clinics.
Following the ceremony, the Union Minister, together with Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Mr. Lee Sang-hwa, attended the dissemination workshop on primary healthcare system strengthening in Hlegu Township jointly conducted by Korea Foundation for International health-KOFIH. —MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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