The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in Africa has completed training 62 nurses as part of a programme to improve the country’s public health care system.
The programme was conducted in cooperation with the Foundation for the Development of Nursing (FUDEN) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
A FUDEN nurse involved in the project, Margarita Solana, said the training enables auxiliary nurses to learn and improve health, as it facilitates better patient care.
"It is satisfying to see how nurses want to improve, increase their knowledge and boost the performance of their hospital," Solana added.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare invested in the nurse-training programme to improve and increase the nursing workforce, and also took responsibility for reintroducing auxiliary nurses, who are now to be designated nursing assistants.
The nursing training, which began in Bata in 2011, has been carried out in association with the National University of Equatorial Guinea, which offered theoretical and practical courses to the students during a two-term programme.
Minister of Health and Social Welfare Tomas Mecheba Fernandez said ongoing training courses are indicative of Equatorial Guinea’s ongoing aim to improve its health sector.
"We have trained 62 nurses in Bata and 47 in Malabo in collaboration with FUDEN and AECID to provide better health care in the country," Fernandez added.