The book covers ‘nursing diagnosis for academic and clinical practices in Tanzania,’ written by Muhimbili National Hospital employee Wilson Fungameza who is attached the MNH branch at Mloganzila, on the outer reaches of the city of Dar es Salaam.
MNH Executive Director Prof Lawrence Museru said at the launch that the manual is the first to be locally written on the nursing profession“This young man has shown the way - that nursing is a profession and one can be trained from down to the last point.
Let us develop the nursing spirit,” he said. In appreciating the effort, MNH purchased 50 books and promised to purchase more to stock all its departments.
On his part, authorFungameza said he has been pushed by the gap in documents and books to guide nurses in the country, as books being used currently in teaching and diagnosis are from abroad.
The guest of honor at the event, Dr Thecla Kohi who is a member of the MNH board of trustees and a veteran nurse said the book will be a reference to nurses as for years to come as there has been no such document locally adapted, earlier.
Tanzania with a population of over 50m is in the midst of critical human resources shortage within a health crisis. In fact, the country counts on just 5.2 clinical health workers per 10, 000 people, one fifth of the optimal ratio recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO has several times called upon governments and other stakeholders to heavily invest in midwifery development, ranging from education to practice with appropriate regulatory frameworks to improve health outcomes for women and infants, the trustee underlined.