The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNC) says it has devised the four year Strategic Plan that it hopes it improve professionalism in the nursing fraternity.
Health Chitalu Chilufya launched the Strategic Plan in Lusaka yesterday .
ZANIS reports that the minister said this in a speech ready on his behalf by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Jabbin Mulwanda.
Dr. Chilufya has challenged the GNC to ensure that the Plan is implemented for the benefit the Zambian people.
He said the Strategic plan comes at the time when the country is flooded with various training institutions which are offloading a number graduates, annually.
Government therefore attaches the role nurses and midwives play the provision of quality health care services to the people in accordance with the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 31 of 1997, he said.
“ Government would continue to monitor and regulate the Council in ensuring that they practice and operate within its mandate, “ the minister said.
The motto of the Plan is, ”To achieve 100 percent compliance to nurses and midwifery standards by 2020.”
In the four year strategic plane from 2016 to 2020 strategic, the Council seeks to reposition itself in addressing demands and challenges faced by nurses and midwives in Zambia.
And speaking earlier, GNC President Lonia Mwape disclosed that the Plan would bring about the desired provision of good quality services to the country.
Dr. Mwape observed that health personnel especially nurses and midwives were working under challenging environments.
She also commended government through the Ministry of Health for the funds the Council is receiving.
In a vote of thanks, James Menza hoped that the Plan would implemented and not put on shelves to gather dust.
The official launch and the handover ceremony today was attended by GNCRegistrar Aaron Banda, Child Fund and senior Council and government officials.
Meanwhile, Child Fund has donated 10 computers to the Council.
GNC President Dr. Lonia Mwape who received the donation commended the Fund and called on other stakeholders to emulate.
Dr. Mwape said the Fund has been an all-weather partner since 2014 when it also made a similar donation of 10 computers.