India has 1.7 nurses per 1,000 people against the world average of 2.5 nurses, but this number is not sufficient as the need for nurses is growing, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Saturday on the occasion of the International Nurses Day.
Speaking at a function organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Kovind said the number of institutions for nursing education had increased as a result of which the number of registered nurses and other health workers had crossed 27 lakh till March 2017.
He said the nursing community plays a vital role in keeping the country healthy.
”A nurse who is helping a patient, in a remote village in fighting a serious illness is a nation-builder. The nursing community serves the people with devotion and commitment and the entire nation is grateful for this,’’ he said.
He said International Nurses Day was an occasion for the entire nursing community to remember Florence Nightingale and renew their commitment to her ideals.