CAIRO: A protocol to provide a training program for nurses was signed Monday by the Ministry of Health, Cairo University and Misr al-Kheir, a popular charity.
Improving the efficiency of the nursing sector is a must especially that it is found lacking in emergency units and intensive care departments, Health minster Adel al-Adway said in a press conference Monday.
“The emergency and intensive care departments are understaffed in terms of nurses; we all need to work on confronting this issue,” he added.
There are 173,000 nurses at public hospitals nationwide, while the Nurses Syndicate members amounted to 225,000 in 2013, according to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report released Monday, which coincides with the International Nurses Day.
However, Nurses Syndicate chairman, Kawther Mustafa, said in Monday press statements that the nursing profession is understaffed by 15 percent, as the number of annual nursing graduates is not enough to narrow down the gap.
“I think we all need to have a realistic outlook towards the working conditions of nurses; I believe the presidency needs to pay more attention to their financial and living standards,” she Mustafa adde