NAIROBI, May 15, (Xinhua/GNA) - A three-day international conference on public health nursing
kicked off in Nairobi on Tuesday amid calls for massive investment in nursing
Global Network for Public Health Nursing Conference brought together
international policy makers, public/community health nurses, clinical nurse
practitioners, midwives and scholars.
In her opening
remarks, Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta challenged governments to invest
more resources in public health nursing so as to achieve aspirations of high
quality healthcare provision for all.
public health nursing is central to the functioning of any health system and
should therefore be adequately resourced in terms of manpower, equipment and
continuous capacity building.
certainly benefit all our healthcare systems if we invest in building a strong
cadre of public health nurses, through rigorous training, specialization and
practice to enhance their skills," she told delegates drawn from across
nursing conference whose theme is "Public health nurses achieving
sustainable development goals (SDG) 3-Good health and wellbeing," is being
held in Africa for the first time.
work and visits to health centers across Kenya, I have witnessed the role of
nurses and community health workers as key influencers in the health and
wellbeing of patients, communities and the populations they serve," she
The First Lady
called on the conference participants to work together on finding solutions to
not only the identified challenges facing the public nursing profession but the
entire public health sector.
evolving role of public health nursing will be a conversation that you will be
considering over the next three days, because we have to avert preventable
diseases, provide better care and improve the quality of life of our people, by
focusing on community health promotion and prevention," she said.
Margaret, a strong health system requires a competent and caring workforce
pointing out that globally, nurses provide over 80 percent of healthcare
Kenya's health cabinet secretary said Kenya's efforts to achieve Universal
Health Coverage can only be realized through skilled and motivated medical
that global health challenges require global partnerships and expressed
optimism that the three-day conference will come up with resolutions that will
help resolve some of the challenges facing the public health sector especially