Dr Sapam Ranjan handing over the mannequin to state health dept staff

Imphal: Over the years, there has been a growing demand for nurses from Manipur in hospitals and home care outside the state and the country due to their professionalism and dedication towards their duty, said Dr Sapam Ranjan on Wednesday.

Dr Ranjan, the advisor to chief minister (health), was addressing the distribution event of mannequins at College of Nursing, Medical Directorate in Imphal, organised by College of Nursing & NHM Manipur with support from UNICEF.

“The corporate hospitals all over India recruit the nursing professionals from our state because they have the potential to be a good nursing staff,” he reiterated.

A total of 24 mannequins were supplied by UNICEF

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Dr Ranjan also informed that the government is planning to maintain a non-communicable disease data to help reduce premature deaths in the state.

Stressing on the importance of nursing care in the health care sector, Dr Ranjan said that not every healthcare workers could handle a newborn baby. To do this requires one to be courageous and well-trained.

According to Dr Ranjan, at present, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Manipur stands at 11 per cent, but proper skill enhancement training for staff nurses will improve quality healthcare and bring down preventable maternal and newborn mortality rate in the state, he added.

For this, the state is planning to establish ‘State Newborn Resource Centre’ in Imphal to train the Staff on Newborn life saving clinical skills, it said.

During the event, 24 mannequins for maternal and child health programme were distributed to six healthcare facilities in the state. The items were supplied by UNICEF.

According to state mission director and state health society, Dr N Shyamjaj Singh, four mannequins each namely Mama Natalie or Neotalie, Neo-Natalie and Mama Breast or Preemie Natalie would be provided to College of Nursing, Medical Directorate, ANM Training School in Imphal, GNM Training School in Churachandpur, RD Wing, Training Center Female health worker, Paediatric Department of RIMS and JNIMS.

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