AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Inauguration of a training center for nurses to be sent to rural areas, promoted by Cardinal Nzapalainga

Thursday, 24 February 2022 healthcare   local churches  

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - The Higher Institute of Medical Techniques, created by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary of the Congo Province, was inaugurated in Bangui, under the aegis of His Eminence Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui. The institute aims to train state-certified nurses and midwives in order to provide a health response in remote areas of the Central African Republic.
The inauguration ceremony of the institute was presided over by Prime Minister Félix Molua, other authorities and Cardinal Nzapalainga. The Cardinal underlined that he wanted to give an answer to the many requests received during his various tours throughout the Central African Republic. For the Cardinal, the country is facing a cruel shortage of health personnel and human resources in the medical and health sectors.
"I am the pastor of this local Church. When I go around the country, what do I see? Sometimes we do not have a state-certified nurse. Initially we had thought of asking for help to build health centers in the villages", explained the Cardinal. "During the presentation of the project in Rome, the partners told me that every health post needs a state-certified nurse. This is why I thought of setting up a Higher Institute of Medical Techniques, to train local personnel with the possibility of returning to their village to be able to treat and heal the inhabitants".
The Higher Institute of Medical Techniques (ISTM) will be able to accommodate 300 students per year. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/2/2022)