Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique on Wednesday said an accountability system was being introduced in the Health Department through third-party evaluation of procurements of medicines, biomedical equipment and machines.
He was addressing a seminar in connection with the International Nursing Day at Shalimar Trust Hospital.
Hospital trustee Chaudhry Shahid Hussain and CEO Ahmed Waseem Yousaf were also present. Nursing College Shalimar Trust Hospital Principal Irshad Javed gave a presentation on the difficulties associated with gender discrimination that the nurses faced on duty.
She said equal rights and equal opportunities for promotion, higher education and conducive working environment should be provided to nurses.
She said nurses were overburdened with work and this affected the quality of healthcare provided to patients.
She said relatives of patients were often rude and disrespectful to them.
She urged the government to increase the number of nursing seats at hospitals.
Addressing the audience, Rafique said nursing was a very respectable profession all over the world. “It is unfortunate that we do not appreciate the work of our nurses as much as we should.”
Rafique said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had a vision for promotion and strengthening of the healthcare system. He said nurses were also an important part of the healthcare targets the government hoped to achieve. He said higher education and improved service structure would soon be available to the nurses.
He said the nursing curriculum was being improved . He also said that their training modules had been updated.
The chief minister’s adviser appreciated the work of Shalimar Trust Hospital. He said private sector hospitals were ahead of public hospitals in terms of performance.
He said a corporate culture should be introduced for improving the public healthcare system. He said healthcare was a top priority of the government.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2014.
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