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KwaZulu-Natal
Sep 19 2012 2:38PM
 
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Fanisa Masia

KZN’s woeful shortage of professional nurses will be greatly improved as 2241 newly qualified nurses graduate at two centres.

Yesterday KZN College of Nursing awarded qualifications to 787 nurses at the Newcastle Show Hall.

The second graduation ceremony of 1454 nurses will be held at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show Grounds on October 9-10.

Spokesperson Chris Maxon said the department increased its annual intake by more than 2000 nurses in various categories, including specialists.

“Specialists’ training focuses more in the areas that will improve the provinces health outcomes, reverse the quadruple burden of diseases as well as ensure that the quality of care is improved.”

He said the impact of new nurses would be felt more in rural areas where there are minimum resources and severe cases of HIV-Aids, TB, maternal and child morbidity and mortality, trauma and chronic diseases.

“Media reports indicated that there is already a shortage of skilled healthcare workers, particularly in the specialist categories of intensive and neonatal care, as well as in the country’s operating theatres. However, KZN’s college of nursing is fast reversing this trend,” said Maxon. – 701378

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