Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that the paramedics and nurses are the backbone of healthcare workforce and the government is fully committed to provide better service structure to these professionals.
He was addressing at the inaugural ceremony of an International Conference on Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday.
The advisor health accepted that the healthcare system faced many challenges.
“Factors such as an aging population, population growth, practitioner shortage, on increase in chorionic conditions, access to care and cost of care will contribute to a critical mandate for trained professionals”, Khawaja Salman elaborated.
He called paramedics and nurses as advocates of patients as they often were the first to recognize problems and frequently served as safety nets.
“Their sense of patient care accountability adds tremendous value to the healthcare team”, he opined.
Khawaja Salman further said that it was the mission of Punjab government to provide quality treatment facilities to the patients at all costs.
He added that the present government has upgraded 06 posts of principals of nursing schools to BS-20. Moreover, foreign training of nurses was arranged in China and the government was planning to send nurses to Turkey as well.
He said that 1400 nurses had been appointed on regular basis through Punjab Public Service Commission in February and 4000 in November this year.
Directorate of Media & Publications For Immediate Release Khawaja Salman said that 10 schools of nursing had been upgraded as colleges and affiliated with three medical universities of the province.
UHS Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. (R) Prof. Muhammad Aslam stressed that primary healthcare service should not be doctor-dependent and skilled support services should be provided by suitably trained nurses and allied health professionals.