(L to R) Well being Minister Sindh Dr Azra Pechuho, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, and Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan talking through video hyperlink throughout a seminar at Aga Khan College held to have fun the Worldwide Day of Nurses and Midwives in Karachi on Could 11, 2021. — AKU

KARACHI: Policymakers and lecturers stated Tuesday Pakistan’s nurses and midwives had been taking part in a significant function on the frontlines of the third wave of coronavirus regardless of the continuing scarcity of healthcare professionals within the nation. 

The feedback of the policymakers and lecturers got here throughout a seminar on the Aga Khan College Hospital, held to have fun the Worldwide Day of Nurses and Midwives.

Whereas recognising how nurses have gone above and past the decision of obligation to serve the general public through the pandemic, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, the chief visitor on the occasion, famous that the demand for nurses worldwide is rising — creating incentives for nurses in Pakistan to maneuver overseas.

“We’re aware of the truth that as a result of world scarcity of nurses, the demand worldwide has elevated which is giving our nurses the chance emigrate to high-income international locations to enhance their high quality of life. That is positively one thing we don’t need to occur as in Pakistan, there had already been a scarcity of 1.three million nurses earlier than the pandemic,” CM Shah stated.

‘Shortages of educated, high-quality nurses’

Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan stated: “Pakistan has one of many biggest shortages of educated, high-quality nurses.”

The SAPM famous that no healthcare system might ship high quality care with out the enter of educated, dedicated professionals within the nursing discipline.

Dr Sultan stated the federal government’s nationwide well being job drive has been working to develop the training and coaching of nurses to make sure that the nation’s nursing workforce continues to develop.

In a recorded message, Well being Minister Sindh Dr Azra Pechuho stated one of many causes behind Pakistan’s scarcity of nurses is that too few ladies are looking for admission to the occupation.

Audio system on the occasion additionally famous that restricted profession pathways for nurses, insufficient compensation and respect, and unsafe work environments had been a number of the elements behind individuals leaving the occupation or selecting to observe overseas.

‘No days off’

“Nurses have grown used to double shifts, no days off, and dwelling at hospitals through the pandemic to maintain the general public protected,” AKU’s Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Dean Professor Rozina Karmaliani stated.

“They’re additionally working at vaccination centres, internet hosting capability constructing drives for his or her colleagues, volunteering at discipline isolation centres, in addition to managing tele-clinics, hotlines and home-health initiatives. Regardless of being stretched, they’re striving to do their greatest,” she stated.

Commenting on the steps wanted to retain and encourage nurses to remain within the workforce, consultants highlighted the necessity to promote Superior Apply Nursing, APN, {qualifications} that improve the abilities of nurses and allow them to widen their scope of observe.

This could contain the granting of licenses to nurses and midwives with specialist {qualifications} enabling them to run their very own clinics.

They added that if midwives might have run their very own clinics through the pandemic this could have eradicated the necessity for pregnant ladies to danger contracting COVID-19 by leaving their residence to go to the hospital. Equally, APNs might run tele-clinics for weak populations, such because the aged, making it extra handy for sufferers to entry healthcare.

“Empowering nurses and midwives to take the lead in affected person care would develop the provision of inexpensive care,” stated Professor Rafat Jan, affiliate dean at AKU’s Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

‘No stone unturned to help the healthcare system’

“It could additionally enhance well timed entry to remedy that will stop the onset of problems which place a major burden on tertiary care hospitals .”

They highlighted the necessity to convert nursing colleges into schools and to encourage college improvement initiatives in order that tutorial establishments would have sufficient lecturers.

In addition they referred to as on the federal government to put money into on-line studying to enhance entry to studying through the pandemic in order that graduates might full their training on time and be a part of the workforce instantly.

Along with on-line educating and using digital platforms, introducing improvements in simulation also can assist produce the very best nursing graduates for the market, audio system added.

“Nurses have left no stone unturned to help the healthcare system,” Khairunisa Khan, deputy director of nursing in Sindh, stated.

“I salute their persistence, dedication and arduous work which they’ve exhibited particularly within the ongoing battle towards COVID-19.”

Audio system on the occasion additionally recognised the achievement of milestones by their colleagues through the 12 months equivalent to Pakistan awarding its first nursing doctorate, and eight nurses from the nation being named among the many world’s 100 excellent nurses.

Different audio system on the occasion included Aga Khan College Hospital, AKUH, CEO Dr Shahid Shafi, AKUH Chief Nursing Officer Salma Jaffer and AKU Medical Faculty Dean Dr Adil Haider.

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