Women's health: An achievable goal for public health nursing in Pakistan

Samina Subzali Vertejee, Noureen Nasruddin Karamali

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Monsoons of 2010; left devastated effects in Pakistan; it wiped away thousands of houses and damaged health infrastructure. The national and international communities rescued Internally Displaced People (IDP). Alongside the other health professionals' Public health nurses (PHN) were instrumental in assisting IDPs. This is a case study of a 30 year old postnatal woman; who sustained an injury on her right breast and developed an abscess in IDP camp. The client was assisted by the team of public health nurses by timely referral to undergo incision and drainage for appropriate management. Moreover, post procedure follow-up assisted the woman in wound management and neonate care, especially the breast feeding. The family was also involved in client's care to ensure their empowerment in managing the case. Thus, the efforts of PHN and their health assessment saved the life of one family by saving the life of a woman in that IDP camp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1536-1537
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Breast abscess
  • Faculty
  • Internally displaced people (IDP)
  • Nursing students
  • Public health nurse (PHN)
  • Wound care


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