Govt. calls for specialized nursing training
Kitwe, July 25th, 2014, ZANIS — Government has called for specialized nursing training to further qualifications of nurses in the country.
Health minister Joseph Kasonde says time has come for nursing schools in the country to start specialized nurse training such as pediatric nurses, Ophthalmology nurses, and theatre operation nurses among others.
Dr Kasonde said it was gratifying to see how the school has grown greatly in terms of infrastructure expansion and its enrolment numbers from the initial of 15 students in 1964 to 85 currently.
The minister noted that the school which was the first registered nursing training school in Zambia has produced most of the most successful and influential nurses in the country.
ZANIS reports that the minister was speaking during the launch of the golden Jubilee celebration of the Kitwe School of Nursing in Kitwe today.
He however noted that despite the remarkable achievement the school has recorded in the past 50 years of its operation, it still faces serious challenges of limited infrastructure, inadequate water supply and insufficient staff.
Speaking earlier, Kitwe Central Hospital management says it has advanced its preparations for the commencement of theatre school.
Medical Superintendent Dr John Mew says his management was waiting for the GNC final inspection and authorization by the Ministry of health after which the theatre school will start operating.
He added that the school has undergone various transformations in infrastructure with new buildings being constructed in line with the National strategic Plan and modernization of Kitwe Central Hospital.
The Kitwe School of nursing is this year celebrating 50 years of existence.
It was registered in September, 1964 under the then management of Lewelyn Hospital in the then Northern Rhodesia.