3rd Convocation of Bahria University Medical & Dental College
Islamabad—Minister, National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said, The Quaid said “Without education it is complete darkness and with education it is light. Education is a matter of life and death to our nation. The world is moving so fast that if you do not educate yourselves you will be not only completely left behind, but will be finished up”. While She was addressing the 3rd Convocation of Bahria University Medical & Dental College, Karachi.
She said, Medical Sciences are going through rapid evolution with the advancements taking place in the field of biological sciences and allied technologies. Medical institutions, faculty and students, therefore, must work together to upgrade the curricula and skills-sets and for their environment to be more learner-friendly and research-oriented.
Minister said, Government is fully cognizant of the importance of medical education in Pakistan and is endeavoring to remove bottle necks in this sector. We draw great satisfaction from the fact that as a result of hectic continuous efforts, major reforms have been introduced by our Ministry in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to restore the confidence of the medical fraternity. We now have a regular Pakistan Medical & Dental Council composed by the Federal Government, which is entrusted to run the affairs of the Council in a transparent manner so that the standard of medical education is not compromised.
Minister said, The new council has on top of its agenda restoring “public confidence” which had been heavily eroded over the years. In this regard, the Council is employing a robust mechanism for grievances redressal system. In the Council, equilibrium in administrative powers is imperative as this remained main source of contention over the years.
She further said, There is now a better coordination between Ministry and Council for setting up a credible system of examination and registration. There is a policy-shift to focus on under-privileged classes and under-developed regions. We understand that patient-care and emergency response are areas which required special attention, as well. To translate this into reality, private medical institutions have to fulfill their corporate social responsibility of providing free treatment and free education to the poor.
Ministry of National Health Services is working with dedication on all avenues to improve existing health care scenario of the country including access of patients to cost effective health care.