MoU signed to enhance capacity of health professionals

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Zubair Qureshi

The Health Services Academy (HSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with Rahmat Foundation, USA to enhance faculty development of health care professionals and medical students. While speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor HSA Dr Shahzad Ali Khan said the health-related issues can only be addressed by using advanced medical technology, enhancement of investment in the health sector and good training of health care professionals. He recalled that medical technology and production of better health care professionals could sort out the prevailing issues of the health sector in the country. The purpose of the MoU was to provide teachers’ training to boost health care professional capabilities of teachers and medical students. The ceremony was attended by the Medical professionals, teachers, medical students and Pakistan Medical Association Islamabad General Secretary Dr Mubasher Mushtaq Daha.

As per the MoU, both institutions will provide support to each other in the field of medicine as the foundation is supposed to provide training of medical teachers, training of medical students and other facilities. Moreover, the promotion of mutual cooperation between the two institutions is also part of the agenda.

Besides this, the Rehmat Foundation will also provide support in establishing understanding with various medical universities also in America and Dr. Mubasher Hanif declared a focal person would be appointed to make best arrangements to enhance the core purpose of the plan.

Dr Shahzad further recalled that there is a wide scope of doing research and it could be possible only through good health professionals. On the occasion, Chairman of the foundation Dr Qadir said it was direly needed to start such training programs for healthcare professionals on district and tehsil-level hospitals as it will enhance their skill and capacity in order to manage complicated patients at periphery-level hospitals. Such measures, he suggested, would help the local population to get treatment and surgeries at their doorstep as well as reduce the burden on big hospitals of respective vicinities.

According to the MoU, the Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization organized as a Michigan non-profit corporation whose goals include improving the healthcare of Pakistani residents by enhancing medical education through virtual lectures, case conferences and medical services for students and connecting professionals and institutions in Pakistan with their counterparts in the United States.