MORE than 300 nurse aides on Wednesday received certificates and awards after completing a six-month nurse aide training facilitated by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS), amid revelations that the course was internationally recognised.
BY MOSES MUGUGUNYEKI
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Harare, ZRCS vice-president Tsitsi Angela Sigauke said nurse aides’ role in the country’s healthcare system should not be underestimated as their service was key.
“The nurse aides graduating today play a key role in providing healthcare both in public and private medical health facilities,” Sigauke said.
“Where possible, the nurse aides can also be engaged to provide home nursing services so that home-based patients enjoy quality care in the comfort of their homes and known environs.”
Sigauke said one of their popular projects under the ZRCS health and social services programme was first aid training which she said had cascaded to schools.
“I am even encouraged by the strides we are making through our first aid programme in schools where we are training both teachers and students in basic first aid,” Sigauke said.
ZRCS acting secretary-general Elias Hwenga said the training programmes were proving popular globally.
“Our training programmes particularly the nurse aide course are internationally recognised and our graduates are some of the most sought-after locally and outside the country,” said Hwenga.
“Our nurse aides are high professionals and well-trained and their role in the provision of quality healthcare cannot be over-emphasised.
“They work closely with registered general nurses and other health professionals in ensuring that the ordinary Zimbabwean gets the best medical service possible.”
Apart from placements in hospitals and clinics, nurse aides can work in private home-nursing services.