West Bengal to train 50,000 women to meet shortage of nurses

August 24th, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said the state health ministry will train fifty thousand women to meet the shortage of nurses in the state.

“We have a very high shortage of nurses in the state,” Banerjee said while addressing a medical programme here. “Earlier trained nurses from south India used to come and serve in hospitals and nursing homes of the state. But now those nurses from Kerala and Chennai go abroad for jobs.

“We have decided that we will train 50,000 women (and) create 50,000 nurses to meet the shortage. I will ask the state health ministry to look into the matter. We will also make sure that these nurses get jobs only in hospitals of the state,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee also urged doctors and nurses to work in their country rather than go abroad for more money. “There is lot of mental peace in serving the rural people of your country,” Banerjee said. “You won’t get that peace by working abroad and earning lots of money.”

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