30th January 2021: Vice Chancellor Iqra University, Professor Dr Waseem Qazi has inaugurated a College of Nursing at the university.
Present on the occasion were Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Dr Muhammad Masroor and Principal Nursing Department Professor Shehla Naeem Zafar. The event took place at 2pm at Hussain Lakhani Hospital, Nazimabad.
While addressing on the occasion, Dr Waseem Qazi highlighted the importance of the field of nursing in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan is facing a shortage not just of doctors, but also of nurses and paramedical staff. Last year this shortage was severely felt last year during the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a recent survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is an average of one nurse per 1500 patients. According to a Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Survey in 2019, the total number of nurses is 112,123. These statistics are quite alarming, he said. There is a high mortality rate amongst patients in Pakistan, due to a lack not just of basic medical facilities, but also of medical specialists and relevant staff.
Dr Qazi also stressed on the fact that many nurses after receiving training from Pakistan, have gone on to provide their services abroad, that has resulted in a shortage of personnel. Dr Qazi said that with education, many middle-class women can get career opportunities both at home and abroad. In this regard he said, Iqra University has formulated the syllabus and training method for nurses and paramedical staff in a fashion that will enable them to succeed in international exams as well. For this purpose he said, the university has also collected an international nursing faculty so that our youth can be trained under international standards and protocols.
Dr Qazi, while praising the efforts of Iqra University’s Founding Chancellor Hunaid Hussain Lakhani, said that he recognised the shortage of medical staff in Pakistan two years ago and set up the Faculty of Health Sciences. It began with the departments of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. Stepping into field of medical education and providing low-cost facilities to the general public was the mission of Hunaid Lakhani’s departed father Hussain Lakhani. Today with laying the foundation for the nursing college, Mr Hunaid Lakhani has taken ahead his father’s mission. In Sha Allah very soon it will take a further step when Iqra University introduces degree programs for MBBS and BDS.
While talking about the campus facilities, Dr Qazi said that the nursing college is spread out over 8 acres of land, which includes safe and secure accommodation for students. He further observed that the nursing college has its own teaching hospital called “Hussain Lakhani Hospital”. Spread over 6 acres, this is a 300 bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities.
Whil addressing the event, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Dr Muhammad Masroor said that in order to provide international standard education to our nursing students, the college has modern facilities and quality equipment. He further said that the college is approved by and registered under the Nursing Council Pakistan. Sindh Health Department has also toured the college and approved the high standard of facilities.
Principal of the College of Nursing Professor Shehla Naeem Zafar also addressed the occasion and announced that admissions will be open for Spring 2021, for which an NOC has already been received from Nursing Council Pakistan. Under this department, a four year BSN degree program, a two year Post RN BSN program will be offered, as well as a two-year CNA diploma.
The event ended with a high tea for all guests.
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