Govt urged to overcome nursing shortage in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Medical teachers and civil society activists on Tuesday asked the government to do away with the issue of shortage of nurses in southeastern Khost province.
These views were expressed at a gathering marking International Nurses Day at a teaching clinic here.
Sheikh Zayed University’s medical faculty dean, Dr. Maghfiratullah Amal, said nurses were someone who encouraged patients against diseases they suffered from with their caring and the medical process could not be effectively performed in their absence.
He urged the Ministry of Public Health to provide nurses with all facilities they needed and encourage the youth through awareness-creating programmes to choose the profession with passion.
“I as a doctor am short of words to praise nurses. The only thing I should say in their honour that a standard treatment is not giving patients syrups or injections, but the care and love which only a nurse can give.”
A doctor, Sadiqullah Walizai, told the gathering that the issue of nursing shortage was felt more in Khost than other provinces.
He said if the strength of nurses was increased in public and private sector hospitals in Khost, it would help resolve to some extend the existing problems.
He believed Khost would face about 85 percent shortage of nurses and those at work were trying to pursue higher medical studies to become doctors.
Nasir Ahmad Rokhan, head of the teaching clinic where the gathering took place, said two issues --- cultural restrictions and government’s negligence --- had created the problem of shortage of nurses in the province.
He asked the Ministry of Public Health to open medical institutes in Khost and resolve problems being faced by nurses and midwives. He said all hospitals needed nurses more than doctors because nurses looked after patients round-the-clock.
Acting Public Health Director Dr. Gul Ahmad Shah told Pajhwok Afghan News that the province faced an acute shortage of nurses, but gave no figures for the available nurses. He also requested the government to increase the number of nurses in Khost.
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