’over 200 vacant paramedics posts to be filled soon’

KARACHI: Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Prof Dr Anees Bhatti on Monday revealed that over 200 support staff (paramedical staff) posts are lying vacant in healthcare, which will be filled soon.

He shared this information while addressing a seminar in connection of “National Paramedical Staff Day” being celebrated today for the first time in history of Pakistan and Sindh. The event was organized by Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association (PPMSA) at JPMC.

The aim of celebrating the day was to highlight the importance of paramedics in health sector, improving the coordination among doctors, nurses and paramedics, besides discussing problems being faced by staff like opportunities of education, rights and allowances.

Prof Anees Bhatti said over 200 support staff (paramedics) posts are lying vacant in healthcare out of total 550 posts. He said these posts are lying vacant over the last few years after devolution of health department.

He said health allowance and regularization of neurosurgery employees issues were under process and staff would get good news in this regard soon. He said vaccination of paramedics is necessary to prevent them from contracting various infectious diseases during duties. He said hepatitis B vaccine was available in hospital and staff should avail this opportunity.

Prof Bhatti directed the paramedic instructors to design Continuing Medical Education (CME) awareness programs and workshop for medical staff. He said CME awareness workshops will not only enhance skills of medical staff but also help them to learn about advancement in paramedic’s field. He said refreshment courses has played key role in improving the medical care and health delivery system.

He stressed the need of re-functional of College of Paramedical Technology located in Jinnah Hospital. He said teaching staff and principal must be appointed in this institution for para-medical training courses.

President Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association (PPMSA), JPMC Unit, Mohammad Ismail Jiskani said paramedics are the backbone of healthcare institution and they should be given employment benefits at par with those given to doctors and nurses.

He said paramedics should be given opportunities of good education, health & high-risk allowances and proper implementation on son quota for employees. He said residential colonies should be constructed for paramedics on the patron of doctor’s residential colonies.

He demanded of the provincial government to immediately pass the Sindh Allied Health Professional Council Bill 2014 and enforce bill at earliest which was pending since long.

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