Government committed to provide better service structure to paramedics and nurses

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 Khawaja Salman says:

Government committed to provide better
service structure to paramedics and nurses

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 November 25, 2016.

The advisor health accepted that the healthcare system faced many challenges.

Kh. Salman Rafique Provincial Health Minister (Chief Guest),Prof. M. Aslam VC UHS, Prof.Junaid Sarfraz
Pro VC UHS and other senior faculty members photographed along with some speakers during the
International Conference on Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy held at UHS recently.

“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.

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.

“Health care needs rather than population norms should guide the deployment of human resources at different levels of health care service provisioning”, he said adding that planning for health professional education should reflect this paradigm.

UHS VC further said that modernization of healthcare had necessitated teamwork and collaboration for optimum results.

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 other objectives include: (i) review and revision of service structure of allied health professionals, (ii) developing post-graduation programme, and (iii) developing minimum service delivery standards.

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.