Government has revealed plans to enroll and train six thousand Nurses in the next five years through e-learning.
This came to light when Health Minister Joseph Kasonde officially launched the e-learning programme as a method of training Nurses and Midwives in Zambia in Lusaka today.
Dr. Kasonde says this means that each registered school of Nursing will have to enroll at least not less than fifty students initially and eventually increase as they gain experience.
He explains that the e-learning programme will be approached in phases starting with five schools of Nursing in Ndola, Kitwe, Mufulira, Livingstone and Chipata to pioneer it from March 2014.
Dr. Kasonde has since appealed to the Ministry of Labour who conduct the aptitude tests as well as the Examination Council of Zambia who verify results for the provisionally selected candidates to work with the General Nursing Council to ensure a successful commencement of the training for Nurses through e-learning by March 2014.
He adds that the Ministry will support the efforts of collaborating partners such as Child Fund in looking at ways of extending the use of e-learning in training general clinical officers as well.
And Child Fund Acting National Director Doras Chirwa expressed optimism that the mentorship of the training will help to rekindle the old practice where junior staff looked up to their seniors for guidance.
She says it is Child Fund’s desire that the mentorship training provides the solution to the gaps the country has witnessed in the delivery of Healthcare in Hospitals and Clinics countrywide.