Manipal Hospitals groom 500 Malawian nurses

By Charles Mkula

500 Malawian nurses were on Nurses Day groomed by India;s Manipal Hospital
specialists on how to handle complicated clinical circumstance by improving their skills
in catering to the needs of patients
Realising the declining quality and standards of healthcare services across the world
due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other administrative and operational
factors, Manipal Hospitals, the multi-specialty healthcare provider in India launched the
Master Medics Programme when commemorating Nurses Day on 11th May.
The training programme aims at improving health delivery referral hospitals
by providing accessible and quality patient care in line with Manipal Hospitals’
experience and expertise.
Manipal Hospitals is India’s second-largest multi-specialty healthcare provider treating
over 4 million patients annually. It provides curative and preventive care for a wide
spectrum of patients from around the globe.
The training, which was held via zoom was organized in association with the National
Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) and Chairperson of the HRH
Coalition, emphasized on the need to equip nurses with up-to-date medical information
while at the same time streamlining hospital processes.
“With this programme, we aim to prepare not only our experts but also other medical
staff members to tackle any situation and cater to the needs of patients in the best
possible way,” says Karthik Rajagopal, Chief Operating Officer, Manipal Health
Enterprises in a statement released by the Hospital
In the statement Shouts Simeza, President at National Organization of Nurses and
Midwives of Malawi (NONM), and Chairperson, HRH Coalition, expresses the need to
align healthcare services to prevailing circumstances.
He points out that the programme focuses on not only improving the clinical outcomes
but also work on cost and time reduction, along with waste management.

“With the help of this programme, medical experts along with staff will get a platform to
learn the importance of different medical focus areas, which include infection control,
basic hospital policies, and procedures.” He says adding that the training also covers
basic nursing training that includes knowledge of hand hygiene practices, needle stick
injuries, BMW training, and safe infusion practices.

Malawi’s health services are provided by public, for profit and private not for profit
sectors. The country’s health system is characterised by community, primary,
secondary and tertiary health service levels, which are linked to each other through an
established referral system.
The system, whose well-structured frameworks are faced by misallocation of resources,
fragmentation of services and staff shortages, is largely anchored on primary health
The country’s efforts to develop its health delivery system is evident in its commitment
to universal health coverage and its attempt to meet the World Health Organization
(WHO)s six building blocks of health service delivery namely; human resources for
health (HRH), infrastructure, medicines and technology, health financing, health
information systems, leadership and governance.
Challenges to the efforts include lack of capacity and resources to carry out respective
duties at the decentralised levels.

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