Diploma course on public health nursing supervisor opened
IMPHAL, 22nd Nov: Regional Health & Family Welfare Training Centre has added Diploma in Public Health Nursing Supervisor (DPHNS) course with H&FW director Dr K Rajo inaugurating the course on Thursday. The new one year course is a promotion course for ANMs.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Dr Rajo emphasised on the role of nurses in developing public health sector while stressing the need for improving education and services for nurses in order to improve public health system.
Pointing out that nurses are often the first responder to patients in healthcare services, the director said that nurses should have good knowledge of the healthcare facilities, treatment and diseases outbreak from time to time. Though the state is well equipped with nurses, there is still the need for advanced education for nursing services, he added. Ministry of health and family welfare had instructed the state government to open the diploma course way back in 2012. Since then, the government has been putting efforts to open the course and it has become a reality today, he said while hoping that the course will provide better knowledge to nurses in their services.
Former joint director of medical directorate nursing cell Vungzanem Valte, who was also present at the occasion, also stressed the important role played by nurses in healthcare sector. Educational standard for ANM has been raised from class VIII to XII and any ANM can get the opportunity to get promoted to nursing supervisor after a six-month course. With the introduction of the one year diploma course, ANMs can get promoted up to the post of district or block nursing officers and further to the post of deputy director of health services as per the service record and qualification, she added. Regional Health and Family Welfare Training Centre principal Dr O Sanahanbi presided over the function while additional director (public health) Dr Sashikumar Mangang and additional director (medical care) Dr P Shyamsunder attended as guests of honour.