Minister Implores Nurses to Use Decent Language to Patients

Nurses have been urged to avoid using foul language while attending to patients and instead focus on delivering quality services and save lives.

Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said that in Dar es Salaam whilst opening the 15th Annual Conference for Private Nurses Midwives Association of Tanzania (PRINMAT), adding plans were underway to make sure every citizen acquire health insurance for assurance of quality services.

PRINMAT is a non-profit making organisation comprising registered nurses and midwives who provide reproductive health services at small community maternity homes, which are registered by Tanzania Nurses and Midwives Council through the district.

Dr Rashid further said that it is crucial for nurses to remember that they are professionals and should act that way at least for 8-12 hours while at work and learn to control their language.

“How can nurses continue to improve their diagnosing and interventions in practice so that health care consumers are accessing and receiving quality care,” he queried.

The minister added that one way of improving their services was to use a unified or standardised language to describe the care that is provided and also to be able to take advantage of exploding clinical information system technology.

He stressed that if many people will get health insurance it will act as a catalyst for nurses to improve their services, as they will be aware that if you mess up with a patient he/she will go to another hospital.

Dr Rashid said that it is crystal clear that everyone needs quality service from nurses thus they should stop messing with people’s lives by offending them, as they are also human beings and have their rights.

The four day conference is attended by members from various regions under the theme “strengthening public-private partnership the best way to deliver quality services to larger community.”

PRINMAT Chairperson, Ms Rabisant Sama, said that they are committed to reducing morbidity and mortality of undeserved community through provision of quality, reproductive and child health services and mobilising community.

Ms Sama said that currently PRINMAT has 52 Maternity/ Nursing Homes found in 12 regions. She added that they are doing their best to provide important professional seminars to the members, to enable them become more competent as most communities tend not to trust primary health care provided by them.

“We are ready to open maternity homes anywhere in the country, as the services we provide are very cheap and affordable by any woman as we charge 5,000/- up to 20,000/- with regard to the locality,” said Ms Sama Expounding further she said that in 2013 more than 14,516 women gave birth to various PRINMAT centres, 133,202 children received vaccination, 1,328 women got referral due to pregnancy complications and delivery and 8,912 people were attended for Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Source: By Hilda Mhagama

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