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Health to train more nurses, bursaries offered
Date Added: 01 August 2007
Source: ECDOH News
Keywords: health professionals, shortage of skills, nursing college

In a bid to address the severe shortage of health professionals in the Province of the Eastern Cape, the health department has set aside R202 million to fund the training of more nurses through its Lilitha College of Nursing.  Part of this money will go towards their salaries and some will be spent on tuition and administration.

About 850 nursing students are being recruited from around the Eastern Cape to register with the Health Department's Nursing College this year.  450 students will study towards four-year Midwifery, psychiatry, general and community nursing qualification and each student will receive a monthly stipend of R4 100.

Another 200 will be trained on a 2 year enrolled nursing course whilst another 200 will be trained on a 1 year nursing assistant course.

Once they qualify they will be registered with the South African Nursing Council and then will be absorbed by the department.  The students will be spread across the Lilitha campuses attached to different hospitals around the province.

These are in Port Elizabeth, East London, Butterworth, Queenstown, Sterkspruit, Mthatha, Libode and Lusikisiki. The department is also offering about 300 bursaries for full-time study of health studies. 

The fields include MBCH, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Dentistry, Clinical Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Oral Hygiene, Orthotic and Prosthetic, Speech Therapy, Optometry, Clinical Psychologists and Paramedics. 

About R45 million had been set aside to cover the bursaries the money will cover major costs such as tuition fees, prescribed books, accommodation and meals.  These bursaries are only available to the students who originate from the Eastern Cape and students will disabilities are encouraged to apply. About 25 bursaries are also being offered to previously disadvantaged matriculants to study medicine in Cuba.

Issued by Eastern Cape Department of Health.
Enquiries - Sizwe Kupelo – 083 378 0196

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