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Smart cards launched to check illegal nursing institutes, services

Nurses at the Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital create posters to create awareness on the eve of International Nurses’ Day.— Photo: Mukesh Trivedi  

The Maharashtra Nursing Council (MNC) on Thursday launched smart cards for registered nurses and professors across the State to check illegal nursing services and colleges.

The smart card was unveiled by Indumati Thorat, chairman of the Vigilance Committee, on the day MNC completed 50 years of service. The smart cards will contain the details of a nurse, including qualification, registration number and place of employment. Dr. Ramling Mali, president of MNC, said: “The cards document all information from the time nurses enrol for training. Previously, nurses were provided with an A4 certificate, which was cumbersome to carry. Illegal nursing services in small and private hospitals is common all over the country. MNC has taken the initiative to curb this. Usually housekeeping staff double up as nurses.”

The occasion also marked the release of a 90-minute documentary and 30-second advertisements to promote awareness of the significance of nurses.

Dr. Nootan Mali, chairman of the Documentary and Advertisement Committee said, “We are concerned if our doctors are well-qualified, but hardly want to know about the nurses’ qualification. This is what the documentary and the ads throw light on.”

The writer is an intern at The Hindu


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