Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique on Friday said that the paramedics and nurses were the backbone of healthcare workforce and the government was 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 at the University of Health Sciences (UHS), here. The Advisor said that the healthcare system faced many challenges including population growth and practitioner shortage besides an increase in chorionic conditions.
Salman called the paramedics and nurses as advocates of patients as they often were the first to recognize problems and frequently served as safety nets. Khawaja Salman further said that it was the mission of the Punjab government to provide quality treatment facilities to the patients at all costs. He added that the present government had 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 added.
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. Prof. Aslam stressed the need of establishing a regulating body for allied health sciences. The Chief Operating Officer of Punjab Health Care Commission and UHS Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan also spoke.
The main objectives of three days international conference is to redefine the role of multidisciplinary approach amongst doctors and allied health professionals for better patient care and to recommend the establishment of an Allied Health Council in line with Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
The experts from abroad and within the country are participating in the conference including Muhammad Atif Khan Gopang from Al-Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dr. David Arthur from Aga Khan University Karachi, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani from Aga Khan University Karachi, and Dr Zia ur Rehman from Peshawar.