Speakers claim that the upgrade of diploma nursing course will contribute to the betterment of nursing opportunities across Bangladesh
Bangladesh's Family Welfare Visitors (FWV) Association has placed a four-point demand for diploma nursing course in order to decrease child mortality rate of and ensure better health care services for mothers.
The association pressed home their demands at a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday.
Speakers said upgrading the diploma nursing course will enhance the education quality, which will contribute to the betterment of nursing opportunities across Bangladesh.
The four-point demands include promoting the FWV to diploma midwives, which is only reserved for women who gets 18 months training; access to diploma midwifery course and present the necessity of this course for FWVs to inter-ministerial meeting; registering FWVs under Nursing and Midwife Council as diploma midwife, and upgrading FWVs designation from third class to second class employees.
FWV President Jebun Nahar Akter said: "Our roles in child delivery, anti-natal care, post delivery service, and neo-natal care cannot be neglected.
"Since, we work 24/7 in rural and remote areas at community and satellite clinics, so we deserve better education and training opportunities."
She furthered that their service will improve if they get the opportunity to do the 18-month-long diploma course, which is designed for Midwives only.
Organizational Secretary Mahbuba, Senior Vice-President Razia Khatun, Vice-President Nurjahan Begum, Mahbuba Begum and other association members were also present at the meeting.