An award-winning public health centre in Muthiah has launched a new programme to train girls to become women nurses, with the aim of increasing the number of women in the profession in the state.
In its first year, the centre will train up to 30 girls, mostly under the age of 14.
The centre is looking for students who have an interest in medicine and are willing to spend a month on a voluntary basis to study and work in the nursing industry.
The programme, which is being implemented across the state, is the first of its kind in the country, said Dr Saritha Bose, the director general of the government arts colleges for women.
She said that if the programme worked well, it would be the first government institution to offer such training in the province.
“If you look at this area of nursing, we have around 1.5 lakh female nurses.
This is a big area of opportunity.
And this is why we have decided to offer this training to the women,” she said.
The government is also looking to build the state’s first medical college in Mithia for women in 2018.
The Muthia-based Medical College of Muthias Women Medical College has been planning the programme since December last year.
The programme is expected to have a focus on medical training for women as well as vocational training.
The state’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Nirmala Sivakumar said the centre was looking to create a safe environment for women to study.
“The first phase of the programme is to develop women in nursing and I think we have a good chance of achieving that goal,” she told The Indian Express.
Dr Sivacum said the idea is to give women a strong support system for them to learn how to care for themselves, their families and the community.
“This is what we aim to achieve through this programme,” she added.