Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone says nurses should always remember that their job calls for commitment and dedication at all levels of health service delivery.
Mr. Sichone noted that nurses and midwives are the largest group of health professionals who are closest to the community and as such they should strive for excellence by ensuring that they treat patients with respect, dignity and compassion in order to enhance public confidence and create demand for health service.
ZANIS reports that the Provincial Minister said this during the occasion of the International Nurses Day held at Minga Mission Hospital in Petauke yesterday, under the theme: ” Nurses a force for change, a vital resource for health.
Mr. Sichone however expressed concern at some isolated reports of mistreatment of patients by some nurses and midwives which he said need to be checked as they are likely to dent the image of the nursing professional.
He urged Zambia Union of Nurses to continue to work closely with government in encouraging, advising and supporting nurses and midwives in their work in order to strengthen health systems in the country.
The minister encouraged nurses and midwives to further their education prospects in order to help them cope with the change in the nursing fraternity.
And Nurses representative Theresa Chirwa said, nurses and midwives pledged to be professional and responsible workers for the benefit of the people of Zambia and to contribute to the achievement of the millennium development goals.
Meanwhile, the Provincial minister said government remains committed to improving delivery of health services in the province.
Mr. Sichone said this was evidenced by construction works of various health infrastructures in Eastern Province.
He cited the construction of hostels at Mwami School of nursing, tutors accommodation at St Francis School of nursing, lecture theatre at Chipata School of nursing, construction of 57 health posts, a number of health centres as well as District hospitals in Lundazi, Chipata and Nyimba, were a clear testimony of government’s intention of bringing health services closer to people.