Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday emphasized on promoting awareness throughout the province about oral cancer. He expressed his satisfaction that Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine (AIDM) was also engaged in the community and dentistry and charity by working in the localities of less privileged segment of the society, and increasing awareness about oral dental hygiene in the public sector schools. “ I request Principal of Altamash Institute, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Altamash to conduct a series of community activities for both urban and rural population to enhance awareness about oral cancer,” the Chief Minister said while addressing AIDM’s convocation-2016 here.
He noted that the disease of oral cancer was fast spreading in our over-pressed working force because of increasing use of betel nuts and tobacco related stimulants , which were easily available in the market. These were hazardous to health and had caused a serious concern for the nation as a whole. He extended his commitment and possible help to the above national cause, and desired to save especially school going children from this menace. We are a nation with our own distinct sense of traditions, history and social values and must preserve these while moving shoulder-to-shoulder with the advanced countries. He urged the youth to work hard and make this country a true reflection of the beliefs and convictions in shaping the future of Pakistan. He advised them to continue getting education. “ There is literally no end to seeking higher and advanced education,” he stressed.
He quoted father-of-the-nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s saying “ The price of greatness is a sense of responsibility.” Syed Murad Ali Shah appreciated the contribution of AIDM in medical and social sectors. He hoped that the graduates from this institute would excel globally and bring home cutting edge knowledge and clinical skills currently being practiced in the developed world. Addressing especially the students completing their four-year course, BDS, at AIDM, the Chief Minister said that as professional leaders they were much needed by the society in general and in medical profession in particular. The youth has a vast reservoir of energy and idealism. They should fight the twin cures of diseases and poverty, he emphasized. On this occasion, 160 graduate students were given degrees and 24 students gold and silver medals. The two top students of two benches would be honoured as Best Graduates. Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser praised AIDM faculty and administration’s efforts, dedication and selfless commitment for fulfilling the academic needs of the graduating students during their studies. He advised the students to use their academic knowledge and professional leadership qualities in the best interest of the nation.