8 January 2013

Angola: Nurses Called to Perform Duties With Professionalism

Luanda — The Health minister, José Van-Dúnem, Tuesday in Luanda urged the nurses at all levels to continue performing their duties in line with the Decree 54/2003.

José Van-Dúnem was speaking at a meeting between the Government of Luanda province, the Health Ministry and representatives of nurses trade unions.

The session that was presided over by Luanda governor, Bento Sebastião Joaquim Bento, served for a clarification of debts arising from the interpretations of the note 01/12, on activities and duties of the National Health Services' nurses.

The official said that in addition to the Decree, nurses must hold consultation, physical test and others to establish diagnoses in line with the protocols on pre-natal, paediatrics, adults consultation, first aid care and delivery room, in accordance with procedures defined by the programmes.

"It is worth mentioning that the above mentioned activities are part of the nurses' routine in all health units of the National Health Services," he stated.

He added it is up to the managers to fulfil the established procedures, in view of the note in respect.

The official said the main concern should focus on the members of the public that seek the health services where, he added, communication is crucial.

"What brings us together is the concern of better and better assisting our patients and the link that aggregates them is being affected by various reasons, which is worrying," the minister added.

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