INC gets $33 mn world funding to fight AIDS

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Bangalore, Feb 16: The Indian Nursing Council (INC) will soon get USD 33 million Global Fund to impart focussed training to one lakh nurses in the treatment of HIV/AIDS affected patients in the country.

Mr T Dileep Kumar, President of INC and Nursing Advisor, GOI, Speaking to reporters after addressing a national conference on 'Theory and Application in Nursing Practice, has said that the Geneva based Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFAMT) had come forward to fund the programme.

Fiftyfive nursing institutions had been identified for the purpose and one lakh nurses would be given specialised training in treating people with HIV/AIDS, apart from Malaria and TV.

"Counseling is very important in treating people with AIDS and we want to create a big contingent of nurses. We want these health workers to master the treatment of Anti Retroviral Therapy, which is commonly used to treat HIV patients. We plan to train at least 15,000 nurses every year for the next five years under the programme," he said.

INC had begun work on launching the first National Institute of Nursing at Thambaram in Chennai specialising in treatment of HIV/AIDS. It would be a self sustaining institute which would reserve 25 per cent of seats to foreign students that would take care of costs of running the institute.

"South Africa, which has one of the highest incidence of AIDS in the world, is sending large number of students to the US for training in treatment of AIDS. We can invite students from foreign countries," he said.

Mr Kumar said INC had taken another initiative to set up a Centre of Excellence in Nursing in each state with a funding of Rs 20 crore for every centre. Post graduate courses would be launched in each of these centres besides inviting thousands of staff nurses to undergo continuous education programmes, he said. He agreed that many of the private nursing schools lacked proper infrastructure and the education standard remained sub standard.

"The State Nursing Councils should act as watch dogs and set stringent norms while according sanction to such schools. The INC is responsible for prescribing syllabus and norms for setting up clinical infrastructre facilities. The states should act tough against the erring schools," he said.

Former ISRO Chief and Rajya Sabha member K Kasturirangan said states like UP, Bihar, Orissa MP and Rajasthan faced acute shortage of nurses. There there were nine lakh registered nurses in various state nursing councils, only 3.6 lakh of them were actually active.

According to Health ministry estimates at the end of the 11th plan India would require 10.43 more nurses, a number that current infrastructure would be unable to meet, he added.

UNI

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