Chennai, Jan 3 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government today decided to increase the number of seats in M.Sc Nursing in the State by 100 this year to meet the shortage of post-graduate and trained nurses in the country.
Announcing this after inaugurating an international conference on empowering nursing and reshaping nursing practices at the Sri Ramachandra University here, State Health Secretary V K Subburaj said the Union and State Governments were keen to improve nursing manpower so that healthcare reached all the people in the country.
Lauding the Centre's decision to give special awards in nursing, he pointed out that a nurse from Dharmapuri, who had received the award, had worked tirelessly, resulting in nil maternal and infant mortality in her area.
Mr Subburaj also commended the West Bengal for training nurses in emergency midwifery and gynaecology for better healthcare in areas where professional gyneacologists were not available.
Pointing out that the Nursing Council of India had recently revised the curricula for diploma and under-graduate courses in nursing, he said such an exercise was under way for the post-graduate courses too to upgrade nursing practices.
More than 300 delegates, including from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Oman, were attending the conference.
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