Nurses Commemorate International Nurses Day


By Colleen Barilae, EMTV News – Lae

More than 100 nurses yesterday in Morobe joined hands to commemorate International Nurses Day at the Angau Hospital.

PNG Nurses Association President, Steven Nawik, says nurses around the country continue to be challenged with harsh conditions of employment, yet continue to provide health services.   

The day, themed on the improvement of health systems, has brought to light struggles nurses encounter when carrying out their responsibilities.

Nawik during his speech raised some of the difficulties faced, which slow down the medical services that nurses provide.   

He said that throughout the country the current number of hospital facilities and infrastructures cannot fully cater to the population that turn up at hospitals for care and treatment.

He also said the ratio of nurses to patients at public hospitals are not proportionate, as more health workers are faced with a pull factor from private sector clinics offering better worker benefits. 

The president also raised concerns on the continuous change in governing policies of various hospitals around the country, which he says is causing unnecessary confusion among health workers.

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