Lahore: Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has said that role of nurses in the Healthcare System is commendable and government will honour all its promises. He said that a summary has already been sent for regularizing more than 800 nurses working on contract basis. He said that 1500 seats of nurses of grade-17 will be created in the coming budget.
He said this while addressing a seminar held in connection with International Nursing Day at Alhamra Hall here today.
Secretary Health Dr. Ijaz Munir, Director General Nursing Rukhsana Kamal, General Secretary Nursing Association Tauseef Khanum, President YNA Rozina Manzoor, General Secretary Shahnaz Kausar besides a large number of nurses were also present on this occasion.
Kh. Salman Rafique said that nurses are performing their duties efficiently in difficult conditions. He said that all commitments made with the nurses will be fulfilled and necessary measures are being taken for their welfare. He said that the work will soon be started for repair and renovation of nurses’ hostels.
He said that a notification has already been issued for non-deduction of allowances during long leave and implementation will be ensured.
Addressing the seminar, Secretary Health Dr. Ijaz Munir said that patients mostly contact nurses in the hospitals. He said that nurses remain busy in treatment and looking after of patients 24 hours during which they have to face a number of problems. He said that government is endeavoring for resolving problems of nurses and providing them best incentives.
Dr. Ijaz Munir said that the aim of all reforms and incentives is to provide best treatment facilities to the patients and improve patients’ healthcare. He advised nurses to pay proper attention to their professional responsibilities. He said that government is making all out efforts for resolving their problems.
Earlier, office bearers of nurses associations highlighted their problems and demanded their early resolution.