The Health Ministry is training 5,000 nurses annually to beef up the number of nurses in hospitals.
According to its minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai the current nurse to patient ratio is 1:375.
With the training of new nurses every year, the ministry hopes to improve this ratio to 1:200 by the year 2015.
He said this Monday at the signing of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with 24 public and private institutions of higher learning to use the ministry's facilities for nursing, dental and health sciences education programmes.
This brings the number of institutions that have an MoU with the ministry to a total of 48.