Saturday, December 20, 2008

R70 million donated to better nursing education

By Yamkela Xhaso
20 December

International donor organisation Atlantic Philanthropies has donated R70-million which will go towards improving nursing education in South Africa. ACDP’s Cheryllyn Dudley said that this is a positive step for the nursing sector in our country.

She said that it is good news that donor funds could be used to make nursing an attractive career so that nursing colleges can be selective in choosing applicant with wide qualities and this in a long run will be lifesaving.

Dudley has applauded those dedicated nurses in “untiring efforts in a space of overwhelming challenges.

Hospitals in the Eastern Cape in East London and Port Elizabeth in particular there is a shortage of well trained nurses.

Dudley added that one other thing was that HIV patients were filling up hospital way beyond capacity and appealed to minister of Health Barbara Hogan for intervention.

“Government hospitals are not allowed to make a profit.

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