Skills for Health
The health care system in Pakistan is plagued with various problems which include structural disintegration, scarcity of resources, operational inefficiencies and inaccessibility. Shortage of formally trained, certified paramedics’ workforce is another issue impeding the efficiency of the entire health system. In order to supply formally trained manpower to the health sector of Punjab, PSDF has launched its new scheme, Skills for Health. Under the scheme, 200 individuals from the districts of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran, Muzzaffargarh, Khanewal, Vehari and Rahim Yar Khan are being trained in various trades relevant to paramedics. The courses are inclusive of Dispenser, Dental Technology, Medical Technology, Mid Wifery and Physiotherapy. The scheme has been designed after probing the health sector of Punjab for its core skills deficiencies in various areas of Paramedics. Due to the augmented skilled manpower demand in these areas, the trainings will enable better job opportunities for the trainees while contributing to enhance the service quality in the health sector. In order to enhance the recognition of the trainings, courses will be certified from Punjab Medical Faculty and Pakistan Nursing Council. The courses will range from one year to two years duration.