Cooperation among universities to improve academic standards: Ebad

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Karachi—Governor Sindh Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad Khan said on Wednesday that cooperation among universities would not only ensure improvement in the standard of education but would also accelerate development of socio-economic sector.
This he said while addressing a briefing regarding cooperation between Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro and Centre for Communication Programmes John Hopkins University USA at Governor House.
Advisor to Governor Sindh for Higher Education, Syed Wajahat Ali, Secretary to Governor Sindh, Muhammad Akhtar Ghori, and Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Noshad Ahmed Shaikh were also present on the occasion.
Governor Sindh said that the major problem in successful implementation of health policies was unawareness amongst masses about various deadly illnesses, their prevention and cure.
He said that unhealthy behaviours pose huge challenge to the health systems and their outputs and are major impediment to achieving desired results.
Health communication course would open a door of opportunities for the health professionals in Sindh and improve health literacy which was essential to reduce health related inequalities, he added.
Dr. Ebad further said that strong health communication was an important part of any health strategy and highlighted the contributions that had already been made at national level through partnership with Health Services Academy and said that a similar door was being opened with the assistance of LUMHS in the province.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Noshad Shaikh said that health communication programme at LUMHS would fill a void that currently existed in the province.
He thanked John Hopkins Centre for Communication Programmes and said that the partnership would not only allow for faculty exchange between the departments, but would also pave the way for joint research in the field between both the universities.
Provincial Coordinator Oversight and Coordination Cell for public health programmes Ms. Shehnaz Wazeer Ali said that with the growing realisation in Pakistan of the importance of communication in public health, the health programmes had started including social and behavioural communication in their programming which was a welcome sign.
Prof. Noshad Shaikh and chief of party of the centre Dr. Shuaib Khan briefed Governor Sindh on the proposed partnership between the two Universities.

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