CHAI marks 25 years in Hyderabad
Participants deliberated on “Future of Nursing in India” during the two-day workshop
The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) organized a national-level workshop in Hyderabad on the role of nurses in the Indian health sector.
Participants deliberated on “Future of Nursing in India” during the two-day workshop in Aug 4 which marked the silver jubilee of CHAI’s presence in Hyderabad.
“Nurses play a crucial role in today’s health care delivery system. Their role is not secondary any longer,” said Archbishop Thumma Bala of Hyderabad.
He said that if the skills of nurses are developed and they are given adequate facilities, they can manage the basic health-care system independently.
The nurses need to be strengthened and enabled to play a vital role in health-care delivery, the prelate added.
Father Tomi Thomas, Director-General of CHAI, said that the biggest challenge India faces today is the lack of adequate human resources– physicians, specialists, nurses or paramedics- in the health sector.
“We lack in quality, number and willingness to work,” he lamented.
The priest said, “we are not making enough efforts to allow nurses to play the role of nurse-practitioners. It is high time we allowed our nurses who number 10,54,677 to play a crucial role in healthcare delivery.”
Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Open University A. Kalyani congratulated CHAI on the excellent work being done by the association.
“CHAI effectively serves the needs of the poor and the marginalized members of the society,” she said while speaking about the origin of community colleges as well as various courses on nursing and health care.
The participants gave presentations and discussions on topics related to nursing and nurse practitioners in India and other countries.
The members felt that the profession over the years has undergone a lot of changes and has diverted towards administrative procedures.
They said that this is the time to rethink the role of nurses in the context of needs of the Indian population and to introduce changes in the curriculum of nursing education to meet the above needs.
This was followed by a group discussion on the topic “How can the services of nurses working in areas where doctors are not available be made effective?” Based on the points evolving at the group discussions, specific action ideas were formulated and a declaration drawn.
On the occasion, a blood donation camp was organized in the CHAI premises in collaboration with Lions Club of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the twin cities.
People representing various organizations, social and health activists from the twin cities took part in the program.
Father John Vattamattom and Father James Culas were felicitated by P. Shankar Rao, state Minister for Textiles, the chief guest for the program. Four staff members who completed 25 years of service were also felicitated.
Founded in 1943 by Sister Mary Glowrey, an Australian doctor, CHAI is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations. It has been successfully carrying out lots of community health interventions throughout the nation.
CHAI has an expansive base of 3,300 member institutions, including large, medium as well as small hospitals, health centres and diocesan social service societies.
Its massive network has 11 regional units, 600 doctors, 25,000 nurses and more than 10,000 para professionals.