BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG
Child health nurses in the country now have a society that will ensure the nurses professional development needs are met and supported especially those in the greatest need in professional knowledge and skills improvement.
Child Health Nurses Society of PNG, president Sr Agnes Agebigo who is also the co-ordinator paediatric unit at the Port Moresby General Hospital said their main aim is to promote a healthy child to be tomorrow’s adult.
This society was launched last Friday at the Port Moresby General Hospital by the hospital’s deputy chief executive officer Dr David Mokela.
Acedemic representative from the School of Medical and Health Sciences, UPNG Paediatric department Sister Gebuo Nanu said, she feels that it is the clinical nurse responsibility to feel this gap.
“Be reminded that from now, society is not a union but it is something to do with professional development and personal development in your career as child health nurses.
“In 2012, the concept of this society came about; it did not eventuate till now. We also must reflect on the National Health Plan 2011 to 2020, as it talks about the Key Responsible Areas (KRA’S) and KRA 4 states that improve the survival of a child,” Sr Nanu said.
She said the infant mortality rate at the national level is between 30 to 100 per cent varying from province to province.
“So with that KRA 4 in mind, we will move things forward so we can have an impact in the reduction of infant mortality rate.
“That comes in partnership with the paediatric medical society and doctors in the country as well,” she said.
Sr Nanu challenged young and upcoming nurses to be committed and dedicated in moving PNG were told observe their practice ethically, she said.