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Assam to have surplus number of GNM nurses

GUWAHATI: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that the state will strive to have a surplus of over 25,000 GNM nurses in the next few years to help fill in the gaps in the nursing sector and compete with states like Kerala that have a nursing surplus.

Sarma was speaking at the ceremonial distribution of engagement letters to 706 nurses under the National Health Mission on Tuesday. He also said that in order to have a surplus in nurses the state government needs to expedite process in setting up nursing schools and institutes in the state.

"We need to compete with the best in the state. States like Kerala that have a surplus in nurses have made a difference to their respective health sectors. Assam also should strive to achieve the surplus in nurse. We have set the ball rolling and aiming for a 25000 eligible nurses in the next few years," said Sarma.

The minister also said that in the upcoming medical colleges cum hospitals at Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Dhubri the new nurses will play important roles in the next coming years. The medical colleges will require an estimated budget of Rs 240 crore.

He also added that the nursing schools and institutes will be equipped with state of the art infrastructure catering to the modern amenities required in doling out nursing education to eligible nurses.

Sarma also laid out plans for commencing the constructions of the medical college cum hospital at the three locations. He said that work will begin by early next year.

"What is to be seen is that in the next one year there will be a requirement of 10, 000 nursing graduates in the state. We also have to accommodate nursing training to over 25000 eligible nurses in the next few years. The nursing institutes will be equipped with all the best of facilities," added Sarma.

He also said that by next year the state government will roll out measures to set up six 200 bedded district hospitals, 62 model hospitals, 60 health centres and 1000 sub health centres. -- eom

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Assam-to-have-surplus-number-of-GNM-nurses/articleshow/55700298.cms