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    Target is to have only Maldivian nurses: Minister

    The government’s target is to have only Maldivian nurses serving in the health sector, Minister of Health, Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim said.

    During the event held to celebrate the International Nurse’s Day, at Dharubaaruge, Minister said that 45% of the nurses working in the Maldives encompasses of foreign nationals. However, the target of the government is to have Maldivians in this area of service in the future.

    Thus, focus is now on expanding training programs, and bringing the professional structure of the nurses into implementation stages, Minister said.

    “Currently 45% of our nurses are expatriates, and the government’s target is to have only nationals in this area of service in the near future. We are now working towards this target”, Minister said.

    Minister acknowledged the dedicated work of nurses and described nursing care as, “the backbone of health sector”. Minister also said that nursing is a prestigious, honorable service brought to the country, and thanked the nurses for their services to the country.

    Also at the ceremony, nurses who have worked in the sector continuously for the last 30 and 40 years were awarded plaques in recognition to their long-standing services.