Gaps and lapses of serious nature in healthcare needs to be identified and corrected- Shahbaz Shareef


 16 Scholars awarded PhD, 49 Best Graduates get Gold Medal at UHS First Convocation

Gaps and lapses of serious nature in healthcare needs

to be identified and corrected-Shahbaz Shareef

Commends medical profession for its competence and
successful fight against Dengue Fever

UHS is doing a great job and the VC’s presentation
regarding its performance is reassuring

LAHORE: There are gaps and lapses of serious nature in our healthcare set up which needs to be identified and corrected. I have no doubt in the competence of our healthcare professionals who successfully fought the epidemic of Dengue Fever which was eliminated from the province. With the help, support and encouragement of the government, we can have one of the best healthcare set up in the region. If countries like Cuba with not much resources and Islamic Republic of Iran can have excellent health services, why we cannot have that. It may be a bit difficult but certainly not beyond our reach if we all work with devotion and dedication. This was stated by Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shareef while addressing the First ever Convocation of University of Health Sciences held on December 18th2015. The convocation was very well attended  by faculty members, Principals of affiliated medical colleges, Vice Chancellors of medial universities, Members of the Board of Governors of UHS, Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizamuddin, former Chief Secretary Punjab  Mr. Pervez Masood and parents of the postgraduates who were awarded degrees and Gold Medals.

Chief Minister Punjab Main Shahbaz Shareef presenting Degrees to
PhD scholars at the First Convocation of UHS held on December 18th 2015.

Provincial Government of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Shareef further stated has provided record allocation of funds for health sector and talent and capabilities of our healthcare professionals are recognized the world over where they are doing a commendable job but why we have failed in Pakistan needs a serious discussion. I have already instructed the health department to organize a discussion session inviting eminent academicians, principals, Vice Chancellors and healthcare professionals to critically analyze the whole situation and come up with some feasible, practical recommendations to improve the present state of affairs. We must ensure availability of quality drugs, improve health services, encourage research and improve our drug testing laboratories. If we can have funding for energy sector, transport we can  certainly arrange funding for health sector as well but it needs careful planning and effective execution.

Medicine, Mian Shahbaz Shareef further stated is a noble profession and I hope you all believe in it and take care of the sufferings of the ailing humanity. Miseries of the patients are overcome and their ailments cured with your expertise which is cherished by all. You all know that the patients pray for you when they get better which is something you cannot buy with money. Medical Colleges and universities are for training purposes and we have provided lot of funds for that.  University of Health Sciences is doing a great job and the presentation by the Vice Chancellor of UHS regarding its performance is very reassuring. He hoped that holding such convocation will now become an annual feature in future. We always used to have a fact of the matter assessment of UHS functioning, used to get sound advice from this university.  Vice Chancellor and the Board of Governors of UHS comprises of eminent people from the civil society. It offers critical support for health services in Punjab. We have a very hard working Advisor Health and I will be too glad to provide any help and assistance for the further progress, development of this university. However, it needs a critical assessment as to why India is much ahead of us in health services. We need to critically examine it. It is upto the healthcare professionals to find the way out of the problems we are facing in health services.

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Shareef presenting PhD degree to
Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Pro Vice Chancellor of UHS who has done PhD in
Medical Education at the First Convocation of UHS held on December 18, 2015.

Mian Shahbaz Shareef also referred to the tragic incident of Punjab Institute of Cardiology a few years ago where wrong medication resulting from mix up of anti- malarial raw material with raw material used for producing Cardiovascular preparations in another province resulted in the loss of over one hundred lives.  Adulteration in drugs is a very serious issue and all those involved in production of drugs should have a sense of responsibility, check and behave properly. More recently, despite the fact that funds were there, sixteen children is reported to have died due to non-availability of drugs at Children Hospital Lahore which is being investigated. It is a serious laps and such things cannot be ignored and it is not at all acceptable. I will get the investigation report in the next few days and those found guilty will not be spared, he added. With your talent, we can transform the health sector and things can turn around. Without a good healthcare set up, improvement in education it won’t be Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan, Allama Iqbal’s Pakistan and a social welfare State which was envisaged while this country was established as an independent Muslim State., he concluded.

Earlier Prof. Major Gen. Muhammad Aslam Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences welcomed the Chief Guest Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shareef, Health Advisor Mr. Salman Rafique, Vice Chancellors, Principals, faculty members and other distinguished guests. Presenting the report of UHS, he said that the university was spread over five acres of land and since its inception in 2002, it has produced five hundred twenty nine postgraduates, sixteen PhDs. It has seventy five affiliated medical and dental institutions, over thirty five thousand students are examined and three hundred seventy examinations are conducted annually. Over fifty thousand students appear in the entry test in fourteen cities. UHS logo stands for quality and transparency. As per ranking by the Higher Education Commission UHS is the second best medical university in Pakistan after Aga Khan University and the first ranking in public sector universities. During the current year we had sixteen hundred CME activities involving six hundred facilitators helping build up professional capacity of six thousand healthcare professionals.

Continuing Prof.Aslam said that we owe a lot to Senator Ishaq Dar Chairman of UHS Board of Governors.  During the tenure of my predecessor Prof. Malik H. Mubbashar we acquired fifty acres of land. We are a self-sustained university, generate our own funds and 40% of this is utilized for developmental work while we are running the university with the 60% budget.  Construction work on our new campus in the Education City is going on which also has a five hundred bed research hospital for which we need more funding to complete it in time. He urged the Chief Minister for help in its timely completion through generous financial assistance.

Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shareef was the chief guest at the first convocation of UHS held on
Dec. 18th 2015. Group photograph taken on the occasion shows Vice Chancellor and
Faculty members of the University of Health Sciences with the Chief Minister.

Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Junaid Sarfaraz presented the candidates for receiving their degrees of PhD, M.Phil, MS, MD, MDS, MSc nursing and MSc medical technology, MSc Nursing, BSc allied health sciences and BSc in nursing. Chief Minister presented the degrees to the PhD scholars who were presented by the Registrar of UHS Dr. AsadZaheer and also awarded the Gold Medals to the best graduates who were presented by Prof. Noor Fatima Ahsan Controller of Examinations in UHS.

The Chief Minister came to the UHS a few minutes before the scheduled time of 10.00 AM, joined the academic procession and entered the auditorium where National Anthem was played before the start of the formal proceedings. Qari Abdul Latif Noori recited few verses from Holy Quran and also gave its translation.  Dr. Arif Rashid Khawja was the master of ceremonies who conducted the convocation along with Dr. Amina Ahmad.