China News Service, April 8 (Xinhua) According to the World Health Organization's official website on the 7th, the new coronary pneumonia epidemic highlights the urgency of strengthening the global medical and health workers. Although between 2013 and 2018, there were an increase of 4.7 million nurses globally, there are still 5.9 million nurses worldwide.

According to a report released by WHO in cooperation with the International Nursing Association and other institutions, there are currently nearly 28 million nurses worldwide. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of nurses increased by 4.7 million.

On April 1, local time, the "Robot Nurse" was in the hospital corridor at the Circolo Hospital in Varese, Italy.

Even so, the WHO said there is still a gap of 5.9 million nursing staff worldwide. Among them, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean countries and Latin America have the largest gaps.

To avoid a global shortage of nurses, the report estimates that countries with shortages need to increase the total number of nurse graduates by an average of 8% per year, while improving their ability to find employment and stay in the health system. This cost (by population) is about $ 10 per person per year.

Annette Kennedy, President of the International Nursing Association, said, "Every penny invested in nursing improves the well-being of individuals and families in a tangible way that everyone can see."

She said, "There are still millions of nurses in the world. We call on governments to do the right thing and invest in this beautiful career so that their people can benefit from the work that only nurses can do."