Rawalpindi - A seminar titled “Nursing Needs of Pakistan” was held here at a university yesterday in which over 100 participants from national and internal nursing institutions were present.

The participants urged the Pakistan Nursing Council and other relevant authorities to revisit the curriculum for nursing and devise it in accordance with the needs and environment of the country. It was also proposed that the concept of male nurse should be promoted in those areas where norms and taboos are putting hurdles on the way of women to join this pious profession.

Prof Dr Andy Charlie from UK sharing his experiences with the audience said the communities around the globe have been stressing the need for engagement of community health workers at the maximum to provide basic health facilities, especially to the inhabitants of the far-flung areas or less resourced and less-developed places. He said that prevention is far better than cure. He said if this message is promoted to reach every nook and corner of the world, this will help lessen the dependence on the treatment.

He while highlighting the need for enhancing collaborations between the doctors and nurses said the gap between both the practitioners has been widened over the passage of time and this should be abridged through collaborative efforts.

Prof Dr Barbra Parfitt from Canada stated that public sector health infrastructure can never suffice the need in the healthcare sector. She said there is a dire need for the private sector to come forward with the zeal and spirit of volunteerism and serve the sick humanity in their respective domains.

Dr Shakil Malik of King’s College on the topic of “bridging the gap- way forward” said that the Pakistani nation is filled with all the resilience to take the challenges and there is no doubt that they would also take the challenges in healthcare sector with boldness and wisdom.

Referring to an NGO all comprising of women working in the health sector in the most remote part of the country, FATA, he said that one should be proud of its work and efforts as the women folk of that remotest part of the country have been serving fearlessly despite being intimidation and killing of a number of women workers.

Brig (Retd) Sultan Muzaffar, Principal Yusra Medical and Dental College, wrapping up the seminar urged that instead of keep relying or keep cursing the government for not providing sufficient health facilities, the professionals in the healthcare field should come forward and at least specify sometime out of their engagements for volunteer work in such areas where the medical set up is yet to be established.

Those who also spoke on the occasion included Registrar Pakistan Nursing Council Nighat, Capt Sadaf Yunas of AFPGMI Rawalpindi, and Jacoline Sommer from Shifa International Medical College.

The closing of the event was marked with distribution of certificates and souvenirs among the participants.