CAIRO: On the occasion of International Nursing Day, celebrated around the world May 12 in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics released its latest figures for public-sector nurses, indicating their number had risen in 2012 by 5.6 percent compared with 2011.
But despite these gains, Egyptian nurses have voiced concern to the media about a lack of government and public support for the profession, and say the government must do more to ensure the country has enough nurses.
Nursing Syndicate Deputy Amera Farouk told ONTV May 3 that many hospitals suffer from a deficit of nurses, despite the number of nursing staff in Egypt reaching 250,000 in 2014. She added that the country still needs between 30,000-40,000 new nurses to meet its healthcare needs.
Farouk continued by saying Egyptian society underestimates the need for nurses compared to doctors, and the profession suffers from a stigma because it requires nurses work late shifts at night, contrary to the habits of the community.
To solve the problem, Farouk demanded the government increase the number of nursing faculties and institutions, and said only five percent of the total nursing staff in Egypt has graduated from a university.
Previously, Kausar Mahmood, the chairwoman of the Nursing Syndicate, released a statement demanding presidential candidates develop a support system for nurses, provide compensation for illnesses contracted on the job and increase salaries and allowances for night shifts, Youm7 reported April 1.
Additional reporting by Waled Abdel Salam