Modernise medical education, hospitals

ADDRESSING the convocation of a medical college in Sialkot on Saturday, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said the government is making all out efforts to modernise medical education in the country. Revolutionary changes happening in medical education and practice, there is immediate need to introduce effective modalities of medical education in Pakistan in private and public sector under-graduate institutions.
It is however, regrettable that successive governments have neglected the education sector as a whole and the medical education in particular. This vital sector was not given due priority it deserved and the result is that we are on path of utter decline. There was a time when institutions like Lahore’s King Edward College were regarded as centre of excellence producing great physicians and doctors who served and earned repute at the international level. What to talk of rural population who do not have access to health services, there is growing dissatisfaction even in urban centres about the existing health services. With a population of 200 million and being a nuclear state, it is unfortunate that our leaders or those who could afford prefer to go abroad for treatment. Frequent foreign visits of parliamentarians and other high ranking civil servants on medical grounds clearly reflects the lack of confidence in country’s medical institutions and hospitals and warrants holistic reforms to put medical profession on sound footing. It is high time that research in medical education be taken as an important initiative and for this the government must lend a supporting hand to the institutions and provide them necessary funds so that talented youth could acquire medical education of international standards in the country. We hope the statement made by Khawaja Asif would not merely be a lip service but he and other government functionaries would take practical steps for bringing such a turn around in health sector that patients from other countries visit us for check-up and treatment.

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