Lahore—Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Punjab, Najam Ahmad Shah has said that steps are being taken for the uplifting and restructuring of nursing sector. He said that Directorate General Nursing would be strengthened. Conducive environment at workplaces for the nurses would be provided, capacity-building and opportunities of higher education for young nurses would be created and doctors-nurses ratio in public sector hospitals would also be improved. He said that under 18th Amendment in the Constitution, it is principally agreed to set up Punjab Nursing Council and in coming days DG Nursing would be a fully empowered institution which would take decisions on its own.
He stated this while chairing a meeting to review the steps taken for the restructuring of nursing cadre and strengthening of DG Nursing office, at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday. Consultant of TRF, DFID Dr. Ehsanullah Tareen, Additional Secretary Health Asad Naeem, DG Nursing Punjab Nusrat Saeeda, Consultant of SH&ME Prof. Syed Muhammad Awais, Dr. Fausia Waqar, Miss Syeda Maryam Khalid and the officers of Planning Unit attended the meeting. Prof. Awais briefed the meeting regarding the proposals and steps formulated for the uplifting of nursing sector. Secretary SH&ME Najam Ahmad Shah said that government has decided to strengthen and upgrade the nursing services in the province and decisions have been started on the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. He said that education of nursing profession would be elevated up to international standard for which necessary improvement in the syllabus would also be introduced