200 nurses, midwives being trained in Balkh
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): About 2,000 high school graduates on Thursday attended a midwifery and nursing test in the capital of northern Balkh province.
Balkh public health officials said of the examinees, 200 qualifying students would be posted in health clinics in remote parts of the province on completing a training course.
Public Health Director Dr. Mirwais Rabi, who was present at the examination venue, the Sena Stadium in Mazar-i-Sharif, told Pajhwok Afghan News that half of the examinees were girls coming all the way from various districts and the provincial capital.
He said officials from the Public Health Department, the governor’s house and the provincial council supervised the exam in order to ensure it was transparent.
The successful candidates would then undergo a three-year training course before their appointment in various districts, he said.
Sabira, one of the test participants, told Pajhwok Afghan News she had the desire to become a doctor and pursue higher studies, but could not make it to a medical university due to some problems.
She took the midwifery exam and urged the authorities concerned to appoint successful candidates on the basis of their score.
However, the public health director said they would try to give maximum chance to students from remote areas so that they could help their people to have access to healthcare services.
Dr. Rabi said people in mountainous districts in northern parts of Balkh and desert districts in the south still lacked access to basic healthcare facilities.
He said currently nurses and midwives received handsome amounts of salaries from foreign NGOs in remote districts, but if the NGOs stopped giving them salaries, they would face many problems.
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