(AsiaNews) - Catholics in Faisalabad marked International Nurses Day on 12 May
with a special meeting during which participants agreed that nursing is an
important profession that requires special skills, missionary dedication and a
priest-like spirit for it must bring "light and hope" to the people who suffer
the most. At the same time, to improve the quality of the service provided to
patients, it is necessary "to offer adequate training and better working
event was held in the main hall at St Raphael Hospital in Faisalabad under the
aegis of the Diocesan Commission for Inter-Faith Dialogue. About 150
participants, including priests, nuns, nurses and ordinary citizens took part
in the event, which included readings from the Holy Bible, songs, speeches, poetry
and discussions about the profession, its challenges and the difficulties faced
by health care in Pakistan.
the meeting, nurses spoke about their everyday difficulties, the "pressures
they are under in the workplace, psychological influences and unfair wages." Given
their circumstances, they demand improvements and greater respect for their profession.
The government, they believe, should go beyond offering economic incentives and
ensure instead "upward mobility, better training and educational opportunities."
to Christian lecturer Naghma Noureen, "Nurses play an important role in the
community and the whole nation; they help improve people's health and well-being
as well as their rehabilitation." Their attachment to their work is "admirable"
because, like the Good Samaritan in the Gospel's parable, they serve patients "without
less and less attention is given to the nursing profession in this country,"
said Sister Rufina Gill, head of St Raphael Hospital. "Nowadays, people view this
noble service as a profession, not a mission."
"Nurses must do their job with honesty and keen interest because this
profession is closely attached to the mankind." More importantly, "the quality
of nurse training and professionalism should be improved".
to the nurses present at the event, Fr Khalid Rashid Asi, vicar general of the
diocese, said that they do what God does: heal people. "This noble profession,"
he explained, "is indubitably attached to the priesthood and a vocation that
comes from God." For him, nurses are called to "impart hope and joy among the
poor, hopeless and depressed people, and serve humanity like the Messiah," he
Fr Aftab James Paul, director of the Commission for Inter-faith Dialogue, urged
nurses "not to compromise ever with their profession" because they are "endowed
by God with the means to bring about miracles like Jesus."