LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid chaired a high-level meeting to review the performance and capacity of Public Health Nursing Schools at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Tuesday.
Present in the meeting were Additional Secretary Staff Sara Suleman, Technical Advisor Dr. Akhtar Rashid, Country JHPIEGO Dr. Fauzia Asad, Registrar Pakistan Nursing Council Dr. Fauzia Mushtaq and DG Nursing Punjab, whereas Country Director UNFPA Lina Mousa via video link.
During the meeting, the Third Party Evaluation Report about Public Health Nursing Schools was presented to the Minister. Technical Advisor Dr. Akhtar Rasheed presented valuable suggestions for improvement of nursing schools to the Provincial Minister.
Speaking to the participants, the Minister said, “From a total of 11 Nursing Schools in Punjab, as many as nine have Mother and Child Centers. These nine centers will be upgraded as per standards of International Confederation of Midwifery. As an immediate measure, the vacant positions of teachers are being filled.
In light of the Third Party Evaluation Report, a comprehensive Strategy needs to be devised to enhance the capacity of Punjab Nursing Schools. Fresh reforms are being introduced for improvement of Nursing schools. With the support of UNFPA, the faculty of Nursing Schools will be provided facility of Short and Degree courses at Agha Khan University.”
The Minister added that the Post Graduate Mid Wifery College was now being affiliated with the Fatima Jinnah Medical College University and the curriculum of Nursing schools was being revised. She expressed gratitude to the staff for their valuable suggestions.
Later, UNFPA Country Director appreciated the services of Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid and said that the UNFPA will collaborate with Punjab government for improvement in Nursing Schools.— HANDOUT