Nurses: stopping the brain-drain

THE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government launched a five-year skill development programme to award scholarship in the field of nursing and physiotherapy with a total cost of Rs701 million in 2010.

These scholarships are being awarded to students across the country studying in institutions like the Khyber Medical University, the Shifa International Hospital (Shifa College of Nursing) and the Aga Khan University Hospital.

Currently, two batches have been enrolled for the bachelor’s and the master’s programme in the above-mentioned institutions that cost millions of rupees on each student.

It is a great opportunity for nurses to study under the government scholarship for the first time in the history of Pakistan.

A master’s degree programme at the Aga Khan University costs Rs1.8 million approximately for each candidate. These graduates will soon be the leaders in the nursing profession in the country.

Nursing in Pakistan needs highly skilled and qualified personnel to get it to the top. Nevertheless, the government has taken the step to make nursing leaders by awarding scholarships.

However, the government has not taken any step for these leaders to be accommodated after graduation. Soon after their graduation these nursing leaders will either leave the country or serve in non-governmental organisations. This situation is rather painful.

The government should take steps for these highly qualified human resources before their graduation so that they serve their own country. They should be asked to sign a bond with the government under which they should work for a certain period of time in Pakistan.

NOOR KHAN     Swat

Do you have information you wish to share with You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Carnage in Shikarpur

JUST the ritual condemnation of incidents of attack on schools and mosques and merciless killings of fellow...

Charlie Hebdo

THIS refers to the article ‘The Charlie Hebdo challenge’ (Jan 27) by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi. All Muslims deeply...

‘SBP taking sides’

THIS refers to the letter ‘SBP taking sides’ (Jan 21). Pandora’s box has opened and credence has been lent by...

Comments (1) Closed

Jan 19, 2013 07:18am
Fact of the matter is that anyone who has the opportunity will leave the country. Our governments who are elected to serve us don?t serve us at all and suck up billions of dollars..... Do they sign any bond? Besides they will leave the country and remit the money and that is our sole revenue