All of promises made with nurses to be honoured: adviser

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LAHORE: Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that role of nurses in the health care system is commendable and that the Punjab government will honour all of its promises made with nurses. He also said that a summary had already been sent to regularise over 800 nurses working on a contract basis and that 1,500 seats of nurses in BS-17 would be created in the coming budget.
According to a handout, Rafiq expressed these views while addressing a seminar at Alhamra Hall to mark the International Nurses Day on Monday. 
Health Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir, Nursing Director General Rukhsana Kamal, Nursing Association Secretary General Tauseef Khanum, Young Nurses Association (YNA) President Rozina Manzoor, YNA General Secretary Shahnaz Kausar and a large number of nurses were also present. 
Rafiq said that nurses were performing their duties efficiently in difficult conditions. He said that all of the commitments made with nurses would be fulfilled and that necessary measures were also being taken for ensuring their welfare. He said that work on repair/renovation of nurses’ hostels would start very soon. He also said that a notification has already been issued for non-deduction of allowances during long leave and that its implementation would also be ensured.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Dr Munir said that nurses look after patients 24 hours a day during which they have to face a number of problems. He said that the government was endeavouring to resolve all of problems faced by nurses and also to provide them best incentives. 
Dr Munir said that the aim of all these reforms and incentives was to provide best treatment facilities to patients. Advising nurses to pay proper attention to their professional responsibilities, the health secretary reiterated that the government was making all-out efforts to resolve their issues. 
Earlier, office-bearers of nurses’ associations highlighted their problems and demanded early resolution of these problems.

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