Karachi: Consul General of United States Mr. Michael Dodman awarded certificates of completion on Thursday to 30 graduates of US funded Nurse Assistant Training programme associated with Koohi Goth Hospital at a local hotel Thursday.
The graduates women from the rural areas near the hospital completed nine month of intensive training basic nursing skills and are now qualified for jobs as nurse assistants, and area of need and opportunity in Karachi.
Michael Dodman while speaking the graduates said there in only one nurse per two doctors in Pakistan. He recommended nurse to doctor’s ration should be 7 to 1 to overcome this shortage. He said there is a need to train nurses, midwives, and other paramedical staff and ensure that they apply their skills in the health sector.
He congratulated on the completion of this training and starting new careers as nurse assistants.
The Research Alliance for Advocacy and Development RAAD organized this training programme with the collaboration with Koohi Goth Women’s Hospital, which has been training nurses and midwives for the past eight years.
Dr Fahad Qazi of RAAD said the rural areas surrounding Karachi are home to many young, bright, and enthusiastic women without the formal education necessary to realize their dreams of becoming health care professionals.
The RAAD ‘Nurse Aides Project’ funded by a grant from US Consulate General Karachi and the Pakistan US Alumni Network PUNN, brings hopes to these individuals while also satisfying a demand in the current health care system.