Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has launched skill development program of provincial health department under Provincial Health Services Academy in a revered gathering at Chief Minister House on Wednesday.
Under the program 449 people will be provided higher education through scholarships in prominent quality institutes like Khyber Medical University Peshawar, Post Graduate College of Nursing Hayat Abad, Agha Khan University Karachi, Shifa College of Nursing Islamabad, and King Edwardes Medical University Lahore.
The program included 80 scholarships for Directorate of Physiotherapy, 157 for BSc Nursing Four Years Program, 200 for in-service Nurses in B.Sc Post Registered Nursing Tow Years Program, and 12 scholarships in M.Sc Nursing for in Service Nruses. The program will cost Rs. 73 crore 22 lac in coming five years Chairman Provincial Assembly Standing Committee on Health MPA Jafer Shah, secretary Health, Muhammad Ashfaq and Special Secretary Noor-ul-Eman were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said that importance of Nurse in Services and treatment to ailing humanity was central and unfortunately this sector was ignored in past of attention it deserved.
He said that like other programs for eradication of unemployment, poverty and illiteracy, this program was also kept free from political interference and nepotism.
He said that investment in education and health sectors was the guarantee of healthy and educated society. He said Rs. 700 million will spend on the project; however, keeping its importance billion rupees of investment was nothing.
He expressed surety on capable people acquiring scholarships will keep up to expectations of the government and people, and the government will fully support them.
He said that nursing qualified work force will be available in the province after completion of education and training that will utilize its capacitates for better services to the people of the province. He said that current situation of the region and specific challenges demand to provide indiscriminate opportunities to youth for moving ahead.