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President’s call to nursing personnel

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RECOGNITION FOR COMMITMENT: President Pratibha Patil and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi with recipients of the National Florence Nightingale Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday stressed the need for an increase in nursing colleges to improve the nurse-patient ratio in the country.

She was speaking at the presentation of the National Florence Nightingale Award to nursing personnel at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Twenty-nine nursing personnel were selected for the awards this year.

Urging nurses to have a humane touch, she said it was the human element that made a huge difference in the recovery of the patient.

Important role

She expressed concern over accumulation of medical waste, terming it a “grave environmental challenge” to the country. “Today, medical waste is one of the grave environmental challenges confronting us. Nurses could play an important role in safe disposal of medical waste, as its segregation and handling begin at the bedside of the patient,” she said.

Creating awareness

To achieve the national objective of delivering primary healthcare to all, she said, nurses must join in the efforts to take medical services to the doorsteps of the people in villages, remote and tribal areas, including economically weaker sections in cities and towns.

The President said:

“Nurses can contribute to creating awareness about healthy practices, disease prevention, and provide vital maternal and child healthcare services to the community.”

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