Nurses and midwives are the lynchpin of healthcare around the world and investing in these health professionals represents an investment in resilient health systems that can be the first line of defence against international crises such as COVID-19. Focusing on the needs of nurses and midwives can also help meet people’s health needs and expectations, said speakers at a virtual seminar held to celebrate International Nurses Day and 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
“The dedication with which nurses and midwives continue to work during these challenging times is exemplary and, in their absence, healthcare facilities will not be able to function properly,” said Dr Azra Pechuho, Sindh Minister for Health and Population.
She also stressed the importance of higher education, of affiliating nursing colleges and schools with medical universities to promote undergraduate degrees and of encouraging practicing nurses to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees while continuing to work. This would ensure the availability of highly skilled and competent professionals equipped to take on public health challenges and to shape the future of our healthcare system.
AKUH interim CEO Shagufta Hassan emphasised that in order to reposition the profession, it is equally important for nurses to be able to advocate for themselves and pose as equal partners dedicated to improving the healthcare journey of patients.
Nurses and midwives make up the largest group of healthcare professionals and are often the first point of care for individuals and families. Yet, there is a global shortage of these health professionals and the World Health Organization estimates that an additional 9 million nurses and midwives will be needed by 2030 for universal health coverage.
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