India Will Need 2.4m Nurses by '12:WHO
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12 May 2010
By Kounteya Sinha
New Delhi, India
According to the World Health Organisation, India will need 2.4 million nurses by 2012 to achieve the government’s aim of a nursepatient ratio of one nurse per 500 population.
On the eve of International Nursing Day on Tuesday, WHO said, “In most countries, there is a shortage of nurses but nowhere is it so acute as in the developing world. The developed world fills its vacancies by enticing nurses from other countries, while developing countries are unable to compete with better pay and better professional development.”
In India, nurse shortages occur at every level of the healthcare system. “The states with the worst healthcare human resource shortages are also the ones with the worst health indicators and highest infant and child mortality,” Nidhi Chaudhary from the WHO’s New Delhi office said.