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President Ram Nath Kovind addresses nurses as ‘nation builders’

“Any nurse, in a remote village, who is helping a person fight a serious illness, is a nation builder,” President Ram Nath Kovind said. He was speaking at the International Nurses Day Celebrations at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday.

“Nurses play a very important role in the lives of people and their dedication and services is recognised by all. Nurses are the true nation-builders,” Mr. Kovind said.

“The entire nation is grateful to the nursing community for their vital role in keeping the country healthy.”

“At present, there are 1.7 nurses per 1,000 people in India, and the world average is 2.5 nurses. In the past few years, the number of registered nurses and other health workers has crossed 27 lakh (till March 2017). But this number is not sufficient,” the President said.

The services and dedication of Indian nurses are recognised all over the world, especially in the Gulf region where they are employed in a large number, Mr Kovind said.

At the function organised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President presented the Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nurses from across the country.

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Congratulating the awardees, the President said they display India’s unity in diversity.

The Minister added that the Health Ministry has approved and rolled out the curriculum of nurse practitioner programmes developed by Indian Nursing Council (INC).


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