PESHAWAR - Health experts have expressed concern over shortage of nurses and have called for setting up more colleges to produce desired number of nurses and improve patients’ care in the country’s hospitals.“There is one nurse for a 31,579 patients in Pakistan against WHO’s recommendation of one nurse for 10 patients,” said Prof Najib ul Haq, principal Peshawar Medical College (PMC). Pakistan has one doctor for 1,516 populations, according to Federal Bureau of Statistics, he said. Speaking at a ceremony marking the inauguration of Rufaidah Nursing College (RNC) at the Kuwait Teaching Hospital (KTH) on Sunday, he said that nursing profession had come of age now as nurses were given training in different braches of medical sciences. Highly trained nurses, he said were required to improve healthcare delivery especially in rural areas where female patients felt hesitation to be seen by male doctors due to social taboos.He informed the audience that Prime Foundation and PMC has remained in the forefront of health and social development since its inception in 2005. Today while launching RNC, we are simultaneously holding closing ceremony of the series of refresher courses that were held over the period of one year as capacity building initiative by Prime Foundation in collaboration with International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF). Canada to upgrade the birth assistance skills of midwives from flood affected districts of Charsadda and Nowshera, he said.Akhtar Bano, college’s principal said that she strongly believed will become a center of quality nursing education. The RNC will play a crucial role in its contribution towards quality nursing care not only in private sector but also in public sector of the country.Prof Azmat Talat, Dean Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), who was chief guest on the occasion, said that opening of nursing institutions was positive development and this would ultimately lead to improvement in healthcare. Nurses should be trained to enable them to contribute towards health delivery and health systems development as clinical nurse, educators, managers and researchers, he said.