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New Delhi’s First Full-fledged Nursing college

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Anbumani Ramadoss recently inaugurated New Delhi’s first ever college of nursing at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC). Affiliated to Delhi University, the college is recognised by the Indian Nursing college.

A training school for nurses was started at LHMC back in 1916, and the services have been upgraded since to a college to improve the quality of nursing services as also to train more graduate nurses.

Fifty students have already enrolled in the first batch of the newly upgraded college of nursing.

To overcome the shortage of nurses in the country, government has earmarked Rs 319 crores for the upgradation and development of nursing services in the 11th Five Year Plan. The country needs another million nurses to cater to its population.

The minister said two more nursing colleges, are in the offing for the Capital, nursing schools at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung hospitals are soon to be revamped and upgraded into colleges. And more will come up in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati.

Union Health Secretary, Naresh Dayal, who was also present at the inauguration said the role of nurses has become highly specialised and upgrading their services is on top of the ministries agenda.


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