KARACHI, May. 5 (APP): Sindh
Health Minister, Dr. Saghir Ahmed here on Wednesday said shortage of nurses
persists in the provincial government’s hospitals despite recent induction of 80
qualified nurses, through Sindh Public Service Commission. He told APP that
service structure for nurses has also been revised to attract more and more
women towards the profession and that they are now being offered far better
remuneration and status.
In reply to another
question, he said Sindh Public Service Commission has been
requested to expedite the process so as to ensure early availability of nurses
against all vacant posts in the public sector hospitals.
minister acknowledged that many of the nurses students may had discontinued with
their studies and sought jobs in private healthcare facilities due to financial
conscious of it and a summary has been forwarded to the Sindh Chief Minister to
raise the stipend for the nursing students,” he said.
Earlier, in his
elaborate presentation at a seminar organized by Sindh chapter of National
Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Program and UNFPA, to celebrate
International Nurses and Midwives Day, he said government was committed to
achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) four and five, related to
quality lives of mothers and children, by the year 2015.
the NMNCH Program we plan to train some 2000 community midwives till 2011 so as
to help mothers and children at their door steps,” he said.
hundreds of midwives and doctors at the ceremony, the minister said Pakistan
registering one of the highest maternal, neonatal and infant mortality rates
needed a fool proof mechanism to address the situation.
and well equipped community midwives are to be the bridge between the target
population and referral facilities,” said Dr. Saghir Ahmed.
He expressed his
satisfaction that the first batch of community midwives from Sindh have
successfully completed their training.
assured that salary and service structure for midwives and lady health visitors
would also be revised so as to attract more and more women, particularly from
rural areas to join the profession.
The project, he
said is according to government policy of “Health for All,” and under the
strategy not only conditions and facilities at hospitals are being improved but
public awareness about hygienic practices is also being raised.
Secretary, Syed Hashim Raza, cited maternal and child health a major challenge
for the country.
flawless implementation of Expanded Program on Immunization and National Program
on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health can make the major difference,” he
Secretary for Health (Sindh), Dr. Abdul Majid referred to different training
schemes undertaken by the government in collaboration with NGOs.
Manager for MNCH Project, Dr. Farooq Akhter said commitment has helped him and
his team to achieve the targets set under maternal, neonatal and child health
appeared to be extremely difficult but we are quite fast to reach our targets by
2011,” said Dr. Farooq Akhter.
Dr. Sahab Jan
Badar, Director of the Sindh Chapter for NMCH Program said the scheme not only
targets enhancement of professional capacities of doctors about maternal and
child health but particularly focusses midwives.
She said first
batch of Sindh based community midwives have already completed their training
and are active in the field while second and third batches are presently under