By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The issue of Guyana’s growing rate of maternal deaths has not escaped the attention of President David Granger, who believes that it could be tackled effectively when nurses are better trained and equipped.
While admitting that better supervision is needed in the various hospitals, the Head of State opined that a lot of maternal cases have to do with the quality of training given to nurses.
During the programme, ‘The Public Interest’, the President made it clear that he is not blaming the nurses, as he pointed out the deficiencies in the country’s nurses training programme.
“Sometimes we have massive failures at the three training schools. The nurses themselves have complained, tutors have complained about the congestion, the absence of computers and text books. Others have complained about the quality of persons going into the training system. Some of them seem to have gone to collect the stipend and have no interest in becoming nurses,” President Granger explained.
“It is not a doctor problem, it is not a hospital problem, it is a nursing problem and we need to solve the problem by ensuring that we recruit the best quality of persons into that profession, we pay them better, that they’re trained under more strict regime and are allowed the practical sessions, which would prepare them for their profession and that once they become trained nurses, we treat them properly…We need to have happy nurses,” the President implored.
Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton recently revealed that Guyana is likely to exceed the maximum Millennium Development Goal (MDG) limit of 11 maternal deaths this year, as it continues to struggle with the issue of late detection.