Bahrain, UAE nursing professionals discuss collaboration with Pak counterparts

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Dr. Fariba A Al-Darazi, Member Supreme Council of Health Bahrain and Dr Fatima Al Rifai, Adviser on Nursing, MOH and Secretary Board Member for UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council along with their teams visited the Nursing Council here on Monday and called on the Minister of State of National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar and other officials of the ministry. They are visiting Pakistan on the invitation of President Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC) Dr. Rafat Jan.
A detailed briefing was given on the functioning of the council along with a presentation on online PNC registration system.
Both the distinguished guests Dr Fariba and Dr Fatima asked questions about the performance and achievement of PNC. They also appreciated its dedication and services in medical, health areas. The guests added that the council is ahead of most of the countries in the WHO-EMRO region. Dr. Rafat Jan informed Minister for Health, Saira Afzal Tarar, about uplifting the noble profession of nursing in Pakistan and shared with her various upcoming projects. The delegation appreciated the efforts of the Health Minister particularly her support and work for establishing first nursing university of Pakistan with the collaboration of Bahrain Government.
President PNC, Dr Fariba and Dr Fatima agreed on working collaboratively as councils of Pakistan, Behrain and UAE respectively, to develop policies, standards, scope of practice for nurses and midwives specialization, competencies, curriculum and its modalities for nurses and midwives in the countries. It was agreed that PNC will host the first council’s collaboration meeting in Islamabad during December 2016.

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