President Mamoon Hussain urges doctors to uphold professional ethics, serve ailing humanity with devotion and dedication

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 SZABMU Second Convocation

President Mamoon Hussain urges doctors to
uphold professional ethics, serve ailing
humanity with devotion and dedication

Commends accomplishments of PIMS in Genome research,
improvement in working of PM&DC

Govt. working on a special package for doctors serving in rural areas

ISLAMABAD: President Mamoon Hussain has called upon the healthcare professionals to uphold profession ethics, desist from strikes and agitation, serve the ailing humanity with devotion and dedication and do not make patients wait for too long as their time was also precious. He was addressing the Second Convocation of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University held here at the Convention Center on March 7, 2017. The convocation was attended by faculty and students of all the affiliated medical and dental colleges of SZABMU. Also present on this occasion were the Chairman of Higher Education Commission Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad and President of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri.

Medicine President Mamoon Hussain further stated was a noble profession. Sometime it is difficult to treat some diseases hence it is essential that we do research on indigenous diseases and find a cure. He also referred to doctor’s reluctance to serve in far flung rural areas as they do find some problems while serving there. The Government of Pakistan, he said, was working on a special pay package for doctors working in rural areas and they will soon get good news. He asked the private health sector to play its role in supplementing government efforts in providing healthcare to the population. Emphasizing the importance of preventive services he said that if we have proper sanitation, healthy environment, safe drinking water supply, a lot many diseases won’t be there. Addressing the fresh medical graduates, he said that it was due to the hard work and efforts of their parents and teachers that they could become doctors. Be friendly with the patient and have a sympathetic attitude towards them.

He commended the genetic diseases research undertaken by PIMS and urged healthcare professionals to give due importance to nursing profession and paramedics which has so far remain neglected. He was happy to note that during the last one and a half years the functioning of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council has improved a lot. Previously there were different groups and they kept on fighting amongst themselves. Merit should be upheld and every effort should be made to improve medical education in the country, he added. He further stated that the medical and dental colleges should attract talent and experienced faculty because an institution is only as good as its faculty. Curriculum and what facilities of teaching and training are being provided were also important. Have good faculty in the institution.

Lot of changes is taking place in the world. He recalled that about two years ago he was invited by the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America to their dinner at Lahore. He had asked them to be careful while making investments abroad because they might have to come back. My apprehensions are now becoming true as the recent political developments in United States shows that some of these Pakistani doctors will comeback.  The local institutions should benefit from their expertise as it will be a brain gain. The doctors should adopt a humanistic approach while dealing with the patients and do not make them wait for too long. They must remember that if their time was precious, so was the patients and while giving appointments, be careful. He also urged the doctors to practice ethical medicine and refrain from unethical practices like prescribing drugs of those companies who give them undue favour and expensive gifts or take them on pleasure trips overseas rather than the drugs which are needed and also order only essential investigations.  Make sure that they prescribe cost effective drugs which will also ensure patients compliance with therapy. He regretted that the previous government handed over the purpose built building for a WHO approved Lab to the Federal Medical College which has affected drugs exports from Pakistan. He hoped that once the college shifts to its building now nearing completion, the WHO approved Drug Testing Laboratory will be established. He assured the people that better days are ahead. We will have no more destruction. CPEC will change the fate of every Pakistani and the region. Young doctors, he opined, should refrain from agitation and going on strikes and try to get their problems solved talking to the relevant government authorities.

Earlier in his welcome address Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of SZABMU said that it was established in 2013 and since then we have started a number of postgraduate courses. We have also initiated two new courses Masters in Emergency Medicine and Nuclear Medicine which are first of its kind in the country. We have an active PhD programme and our focus remains on research for the benefit of Pakistan. Our Genome Research team has identified thirty new genomes and also identified genes which lead to mental retardation in children. A new neurological disease has been identified in children from Quetta. Students of Federal Medical College faced a bleak future as they did not have proper teaching and training facilities. Now with the special grant from President of Pakistan, a new college building is nearing completion and will be commissioned in a month’s time. We are encouraging PhD faculty to come and join our institution. We have established a dental college and at present eight institutions are affiliated with SZABU. We are in a plus category of medical colleges affiliated with PM&DC. The PM&DC also reposed their confidence in us and we have been conducting examinations for them for the overseas doctors satisfactorily.

Continuing Prof. Javed Akram said that we are trying our best to produce doctors who are also good human beings. We have made some changes in curriculum and included special contents in behavioral sciences. More recently we have introduced institutional practice for the hospital staff, started Day Care surgery, improved dialysis facility. We have started Bone Marrow Transplant for Thalassemia patients. We have started kidney transplant and soon hope to start liver transplant programme. We provide care with empathy as the prayers of patients which we get cannot be earned while serving overseas.

Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad Chairman of HEC administered the oath to the fresh medical and dental graduates. Dean Faculty of Medicine presented postgraduates who had completed their MD degree courses; Prof. Iqbal Memon presented postgraduates in MS surgery and other allied disciplines. Similarly Dean Basic Sciences, Dentistry and Nursing also presented their candidates who were admitted by the President including those who were admitted in absencia. He also presented Gold Medals to the distinguished students who secured positions in various exams.

After the President left, the meeting was chaired by President of PM&DC Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri who urged the fresh medical graduates to serve the community and their country with devotion. He also highlighted the work being done by the PM&DC and referred to the various steps taken by the Council to strengthen and improve medical and dental education in Pakistan. Fateha was also   offered foe one of the brilliant student who earned Gold Medal but had died a few days ago. Her Gold Medal was received by her Father.

Recipient of Gold Medals

Dr. Shahroz Saud Ahmed secured the highest marks in Final MBBS and earned the Chancellor Gold Medal.  Dr. Shazia Abdul Sattar earned Prof. Ghazala Mehmood Gold Medal while Dr. Rayif Rashid kanth received Prof. Khaleequz Zaman Gold Medal in Neurosurgery.  Dr. Novaira Waseem securing the second highest marks in BDS Final Year got Prof. Javed Akram Gold Medal. Dr. Sama Waqar received Prof.William Mashal Gold Medal securing highest marks in M. Phil in Chemical Pathology.  Dr. Hiba Jamil received Best Graduate Gold Medal from FMDC. Dr.Kiran was awarded IMDC Best BDS Graduate Gold Medal while Dr. Aiman Tariq received RIHS Best Graduate University Gold Medal. Dr. Novaira Waseem received RIHS Best Graduate University Gold Medal by securing highest marks. Dr. Shahroz Saud Ahmed earned YMDC Best Graduate University Gold Medal. Shazia Kausar secured highest marks in BSc Nursing in Second Professional annual examination and received Gold Medal while second Gold Medal was awarded to Shazia Gulnaz for securing highest marks in BSc nursing in First Professional Annual Examination 2016.