“The Sindh government is not interested in upgrading medical training facilities outside of Karachi”
Not a single health facility in rural Sindh offers post-graduate training in the fields of emergency medicine and intensive care, forcing doctors from across the province to come to Karachi for training in these specialties medical conditions, said the College of Physicians and Surgeons. On Saturday, the President of Pakistan (CPSP), Professor Muhammad Shoaib Shafi.
“About 77% of training centers in the field of medicine and surgery are concentrated in Karachi and hundreds of students from different cities in the interior of Sindh have to travel to Karachi and stay there for years to follow Despite repeated requests, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho is not interested in upgrading medical training facilities inside the province,” Dr Shafi said during the the inaugural ceremony of the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) Karachi 22 Conference.
On the occasion, Chiefs, Managers, Medical Professionals and Staff of 10 leading public and private health institutions in Karachi who have achieved extraordinary performance during the COVID-19 Pandemic were awarded Shields of Appreciation for serving suffering humanity regardless of their own lives.
Vice Chancellors of leading public and private medical universities, medical professionals, academics and experts from different cities in Pakistan and abroad attend the two-day conference which is held at a local hotel where sessions scientific and medical education sessions were organized for young doctors and health professionals.
The CPSP Chairman also lamented the situation of postgraduate medical training in Balochistan, saying that no postgraduate training center existed outside of Quetta in the province. He added that the postgraduate training situation was better in Punjab where dozens of health institutions were offering postgraduate training outside Lahore.
Dr Shafi said that despite rising inflation, CPSP has not increased postgraduate training fees and promised that it will also not increase fees in the coming years to help as many young doctors as possible.
Urging young doctors not to keep silent about atrocities against patients, the chairman of CPSP, who is a renowned gastroenterologist, said political governments in Sindh had done nothing to improve medical education in Province.
Renowned surgeon and motivational speaker Professor Javed Iqbal in his keynote address urged medical professionals not to ‘cheat’ their patients, saying patients want a polite and empathetic doctor to examine them at the instead of a knowledgeable but rude medical professional.
“Healthcare professionals should not burden their patients with unnecessary drugs in exchange for benefits and privileges from pharmaceutical companies. Similarly, doctors should not prescribe unnecessary diagnostic tests in exchange for money from diagnostic laboratories,” he said, adding that ill-gotten money thus earned was clearly forbidden in Islam and not allowed according to medical principles as well.
Calling the pharmacist-doctor bond an “illegitimate relationship”, he said poor patients did not deserve to be burdened with expensive but unnecessary drugs and unnecessarily prescribed diagnostic tests. He remarked that money should not be the “essential outcome” of the medical profession.
PIMA conference sponsor Dr. Saad Khalid Niaz said that PIMA was established in 1979 to promote ethical values among medical professionals and serve sick humanity with any covetousness or greed.
Dr Niaz, who recently returned his ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ to the government of Pakistan for ignoring the services and sacrifices of medical professionals during the pandemic when announcing civilian awards, said medicine was a noble profession by which a person could get close to the Almighty by serving suffering humanity with passion, selflessness and devotion.
PIMA Central President, Dr. Khubaib Shahid, Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University Lahore, Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, PIMA Karachi President, Dr. Abdullah Muttaqi, Dr. Atif Hafeez and others also took the floor.