Imphal: Health and family welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh on Monday said that the potential of Manipur’s nurses is well recognised in foreign countries. The state government has received requests for sending Manipuri nurses for employment and service to their countries, said the minister.

Speaking as chief guest at the International Nurses Week Celebration, 2022 held at the Jubilee Hall at RIMS, minister Ranjan said that recognising the talents and sincere service of the state nurses, Asian countries, particularly Japan, requested Manipur nurses for their country.

The government has also planned to impart the Japanese language to our nurses for better communication, the minister added.

Congratulating the services of our nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the health minister maintained that without the sacrificed service of our nursing communities, it would not have been possible to control the pandemic. He inserted that the nursing week has been being celebrated as a mark to commemorate and honour the service rendered by Florence Nightingale for humanity.

He said that healthcare at the primary level needs to be strengthened. It does not mean that secondary and tertiary levels can be ignored. Strengthening the primary level will help to boost other levels of the healthcare system. Appropriate policies to achieve the best health care service in the will be chalked out in consultation with the state chief minister N Biren Singh, he added.

Minister Ranjan also informed that to curb treatment expenditure, one needs to have health awareness. Preventive measures may be acknowledged. Periodical tests and regular health check-ups are necessary for keeping better health.

Heath Services Manipur Director Dr K Rajo informed that the process for setting up a separate directorate for nursing is under process. Service tenure for awardee nurses is extended. New nursing colleges have also been opened to meet the requirement of nurses in the state, he added.

A floral tribute to Florence Nightingale was also held as a part of the celebration. Prizes were also distributed to those meritorious nursing students by the chief guest.

President, TNAI Manipur State Branch, N Tangbi Devi, RIMS director Prof A Santa Singh, State Health Society, and Manipur Director Dr Somorjit Ningombam also attended the event.

The celebration was jointly organised by the Trained Nurses Association of India and the Student Nurses Association of India, Manipur Branch.

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