Rajyotsava award for nurses too, says CM

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Bangalore: Henceforth, Rajyotsava awards will be conferred on nurses too, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said here on Monday at an event to mark the International Nurses Day, 2014.

A nurse having a proven record of extraordinary service in his/her field will be presented with the prestigious award, the chief minister said.

Ivan Nigli, chairman of Florence Nightingale Award Committee, Karnataka, had made a request to the chief minister in this regard.

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Siddaramaiah also assured that the vacant posts of nurses in various hospitals across the State would be filled. “It cannot be done immediately as certain procedures need to be followed. It would be done stage by stage,” he said.

The chief minister, who presented the Florence Nightingale Awards, 2014, to 14 nurses from various hospitals in the City, said that since the work done by nurses was categorised as essential service, they were entitled to as much as respect as other medical professionals. He further said he would look into the demand for setting an exclusive university to train the nurses.

According to Nigli, 60,000 nursing students graduate each year. “There is a need for university exchange programmes with the US, the UK, Australia and other countries to ensure we achieve world-class standards,” he said. He also stressed the need to provide attractive salaries and reasonable working hours. Among the 14 nurses who received the Florence Nightingale Award were Geetha Philip, Elizabeth, Halamma B, Susana.

Later, speaking to reporters on completing one year in office, the chief minister said he was happy about his government’s performance. The government addressed various issues by introducing schemes that catered to all communities, he added.

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