LAHORE: Punjab Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmad Shah said that the nursing directorate general would be strengthened.

Chairing a meeting to review steps for restructuring of nursing cadre and strengthening of DG Nursing office at Civil Secretariat yesterday, he said that nurses would be provided conducive environment at workplaces, capacity-building and opportunities of higher education.  Consultant of TRF, DFID Dr Ehsanullah Tareen, Additional Secretary Health Asad Naeem, DG Nursing Punjab Nusrat Saeeda, Consultant of SH&ME Prof Syed Muhammad Awais, Dr Fauzia Waqar, Syeda Maryam Khalid and officers of Planning Unit attended the meeting.–Staff Reporter

Najam Ahmad Shah said that doctors-nurses ratio in public sector hospitals would also be improved. He said that Punjab Nursing Council would be set up and DG Nursing would be a fully empowered institution to take decisions at its own.

He said that education of nursing would be elevated up to international standard for which necessary improvement in syllabus would also be introduced. He said that nurses would be provided opportunities of BSc, MSc, MPhil and PhD Nursing.

He directed preparing a roadmap regarding short-term and long-term strategy for restructuring and uplifting of nursing sector within a week and a way forward in the light of legal and financial requirements. He reiterated that government would provide required financial resources for this purpose.