AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA – Inauguration of a training center for nurses to be sent to rural areas, promoted by Cardinal Nzapalainga

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA – Inauguration of a training center for nurses to be sent to rural areas, promoted by Cardinal Nzapalainga

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) – The Higher Institute of Medical Techniques, created by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary of the Province of Congo, was inaugurated in Bangui, under the aegis of His Eminence Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga , Archbishop of Bangui. The institute aims to train state-certified nurses and midwives to provide a health response in remote areas of the Central African Republic.
The inauguration ceremony of the institute was presided over by Prime Minister Félix Molua, other authorities and Cardinal Nzapalainga. The Cardinal stressed that he wanted to give an answer to the numerous requests received during his various tours through the Central African Republic. For the Cardinal, the country faces a cruel shortage of health personnel and human resources in the medical and health sectors.
“I am the pastor of this local church. When I travel the country, what do I see? Sometimes we don’t have a state-certified nurse. Initially, we had thought of asking for help to build health centers in the villages,” explains the cardinal. “During the presentation of the project in Rome, the partners told me that each health post needed a state-certified nurse. That is why I thought of creating a Higher Institute of Medical Techniques, to train local staff with the possibility of returning to their village to be able to treat and care for the inhabitants”.
The Higher Institute of Medical Techniques (ISTM) will be able to accommodate 300 students per year. (LM) (Agenzia Fides, 24/2/2022)


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