A Catholic hospital in India’s Bihar state, which has 90,000 HIV/AIDS patients, has conducted a meeting to address the nursing challenges created by the pandemic.
“The main objective of the meeting was to work together in strengthening the quality of nursing education and services in the hospitals,” said T. Dileep Kumar, president of the Indian Nursing Council and nursing adviser to the Indian government.
The Nazareth Hospital in Mokama, about 60 kilometers from Patna, the state capital, organized the one-day meeting of nursing superintendents on June 21.
The hospital, the only one in the state that carries out training on the nursing of HIV/AIDS patients, has so far trained 548 nurses over 22 sessions.
More nurses need to be trained annually as India will be short of about 685,000 nurses by 2012, said Sandeep Kumar, the state government’s assistant health secretary.
“There are 90,000 HIV/AIDS-inflicted patients in Bihar and it is imperative to reduce the transmission of this disease by following universal precautions,” Kumar said.
“The quality of nursing service is very poor” due to a very low nurse-patient ratio in Bihar, he said.
The meeting was supported by:
- The Indian Nursing Council
- Government of Bihar Health Services
- UNICEF Patna
- The Futures Group under The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria