Construction of Pakistan’s first Nursing University (King Hammad University of Nursing and Associate Medical Sciences) will begin next month after finalizing all arrangements for the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS).
Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has granted land of about 5500 square feet to Pakistan’s first nursing university.
Dr. Asad Hafiz, director general of the health ministry, said in an interview. “The construction cost is estimated at about $ 16 million, contract of the university has been given and construction work will begin next month,”
King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa offered to establish a state-of-the-art medical institution as a gift from his country during his visit to Pakistan in March 2014. It was decided that Pakistan would arrange the land and utility services for the university and Bahrain would fund its construction.
A Bahraini delegation, led by Dr. Shaikha Rana Bint Isa Bin Daij Al-Khalifa, then assistant under-secretary for Arab and Afro-Asian Affairs, visited Islamabad in July 2016 to finalize the project and signed an MoU with Pakistan’s ministry of health.
On Jan 6, 2017, Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, laid the university’s foundation stone. He was also accompanied by prominent individuals and dignitaries from Bahrain.
The country needs 900,000 nurses over the next 15 years. Currently, there are only 100,000 nurses in Pakistan.
Discussing the background of the project, Javed Malik, a former Pakistani ambassador to Bahrain, said in his statement that the university was a gift from the King Hammd Al Khalifa to Pakistani people, and it was a friendship between the two countries.
And it will be seen as a good sign of friendship between the two countries, Mr Javed Malik added.