Nurses’ shortage risks patients care in Sindh

KARACHI: President Provincial Nurses Association (PNA) Karachi Division Salamati Khokhar on Thursday demanded of the high-ups of provincial health department to fill the shortage of nurses in public hospitals to improve patients care.

Talking to PPI, Khokhar said there was acute shortage of skilled nurses in public sector hospitals as a significant number of posts are lying vacant in various healthcares across Sindh since last several years. She said nurses are the backbone of our nation’s healthcare system and patient care could not improve till filling the shortage of nurses in healthcares.

She said work-load have been increasing day by day on existing nurses and currently a nurse is covering over 100 patients during duty, resultantly, nursing care of patients is adversely affected. She said no new hiring has been made in the province since last four years.

Khokhar informed that nurses have been deprived of promotions, services structure and allowances in Sindh province. She said no departmental promotion committee meeting was held through the province to promote nurses in next grade since last many years.

She said Punjab and other provinces had increased the salaries and allowances of staff nurses but in Sindh province, they have been receiving 11000 less salaries as compared to Punjab province. She further informed that Punjab government had promoted 1200 nurses in next grades recently but in our province, the nurses have been waiting for their promotions since long.

She said young diploma holders nurses are going to other countries for employment due to unavailability of jobs in the province.

She said authorities concerned are not paying heed towards this issue and many nurses are performing their duties under extreme pressure and extra burden of work that leads them towards various psychological or behavioral issues.

She said Provincial Nurses Association is planning to hold various awareness programs across the province in the eve of International Nurses Day being observed every 12th May in order to highlights the nursing community’s role in improvement of healthcare system.

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