A Japanese global nursing leader has urged students in Bangladesh to take up nursing as a viable profession.
“Nurses are the primary agents of care ,” Dr Hiroko Minami, President of University of Kochi said during a lecture at Dhaka Medical College.
Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka Nursing College, KEIAI Machizukuri Foundation and JICA Bangladesh jointly organised the lecture styled “Nursing in the World: Reflections on the past and the present for the future”, said a media release.
Minami said nursing is not just about supporting doctors in hospitals, but vary from promotion of health in the community level to the rehabilitation of patients”.
She is leading a delegation in Dhaka to discuss ways of developing Bangladesh’s nursing sector.
She met with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque and praised their commitment for developing the country's nursing sector.
A former president of the International Council of Nurses (INC), Minami served as ‘an outstanding leader’ in nursing education, research and administration across the world.
To encourage students, she talked of Florence Nightingale who went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded and claimed “her service reduced the death rate to 2 percent from 42 percent in the war”.
She stressed on improving conditions of healthcare that include sanitary conditions, clean air and food.