Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader said that similar to Primary Health Centers (PHC) in foreign countries, India too will have PHCs managed by senior nurses.
Speaking after inaugurating the Nurses’ Festival here on Friday, Khader pointed out that there was no concept of doctors at PHCs in Thailand and UK. He said that it was senior nurses who managed the PHCs and looked after the patients.
“It is only in India that doctors are appointed at the PHCs. Considering the scarcity of doctors in India, time will come when the government appoints senior nurses to manage PHCs instead of doctors,” the minister said.
He further said that since the Congress government came to power in the state, long-pending issues of promotion of nurses were solved besides increasing the remuneration of contract nurses from Rs 8,000 a month to up to Rs 12,000. He assured that all the problems of the nurse fraternity would be taken care of by the government.
A district-level dance competition was also the part of the Nurses’ Festival.
On the occasion, the district chapter of Karnataka Nurses’ Association felicitated nurses with Florence Nightingale and Seva Ratna Awards for their excellent services. Besides, State-level Florence Nightingale awardee Shanthabai and Suresh Babu who worked as a pharmacist without taking a single leave for six years were also felicitated.
MLAs M K Somashekar and Vasu, MLC R Dharmasena, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) Dean Dr B Krishnamurthy, Administrative Officer B G Indiramma, Association president Shivamma and others were present.
Florence Nightingale Awardees
Shanta Chandraleeladarshi, Shakuntala K, Firdos Fatima, T C Seetamma, Meenakshamma, Ratnamma, Anthony Susheelkumari, Jayamani, K K Yamuna, Manjula Rani, B B Bojamma and Prashant Kumar Gangoli
Seva Ratna Awardees
Ratna Battur, B J Sarala, K M Vanaja, Brunda, Ghanajkumari and Sachit.
- Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader, MLAs M K Somashekar and Vasu, MLC R Dharmasena, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) Dean Dr B Krishnamurthy, Administrative Officer B G Indiramma, Association president Shivamma along with Florence Nightingale and Seva Ratna Awardees at the Nurses Festival on Friday.
- Nurses take oath at the Nurses Festival on Friday.