January 13, 2019
Bangla Govt to start 27 more General Nursing and Midwifery institutes
The State Health Department has decided to open 27 more institutes for teaching General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM). One of the main objectives of the initiative is to boost the health infrastructure in the rural areas.
There are currently 89 GNM-teaching institutes in the state. This will soon become 116. With this initiative, the total number of GNM seats would also be raised by 890 seats, that is, from 3,065 to 2,175.
The State Government will also create around 890 posts to ensure proper functioning of the 27 new schools.
General Nursing and Midwifery is a three-year diploma course run by the West Bengal Nursing Council, under the Health Department. The council also runs the two-year Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (Revised) course.
For the development of nursing education, the government had allotted around Rs 57 crore for financial year (FY) 2017-18. During this period, 2,175 students had been admitted to the GNM course, 52 to MSc (Nursing) and 444 to BSc (Nursing). In September 2017, five new GNM courses were started, with 60 seats for each course.
Meanwhile, the State Government has already started imparting special training among the nursing aspirants and as many as 10,000 nurses would be recruited as community health officers for the district and subdivisional hospitals and the district health centres.
Source: Millennium Post