The European Union (EU) has allocated 4.6 million euros to train 1,450 paramedical staff in Congo, the country's Ministry of Health and Population said here Friday.
It said the phased training, which was launched Friday, would be implemented by the French Development Agency with the aim of improving health care services that are delivered by paramedical staff across all hospitals and health centres in Congo.
A breakdown of the number of staffers to be trained shows they comprise 900 nurses, 300 midwives and 250 laboratory technicians, representing 15 per cent of the total health care workers in the country
The ministry said in a statement that the training would contribute to the effective management of patients and improve the health of the population.
Congo has 850 health facilities manned by about 11,000 health care workers, but the country's health indicators remain poor, with the morbidity rate at a high of 39 per cent, infant mortality rate at 81 per cent, child mortality at 108 percent and maternal mortality rate at 781/100,000.