Professionalism needs to be further strengthened among doctors as they protect Human Rights-Prof. Zakriya Zakir

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 Professionalism Punjab Prize Distribution Ceremony at UHS

Professionalism needs to be further
strengthened among doctors as they
protect Human Rights - Prof. Zakriya Zakir

Medical profession should have some in built mechanism
of self monitoring and accountability - Shaukat Ali Jawaid

LAHORE: Professionalism needs to be further strengthened among the doctors community as they play a vital role in protecting human rights. This was stated by Prof. Zakriya Zakir from Dept. of Sociology and Population Sciences, Punjab University while speaking at the Second Prize Distribution ceremony of Professionalism Punjab held at University of Health Sciences on June 12, 2015. He further stated that we must uphold human dignity and medical profession should take care of professionalism at its own. We must empower the medical profession, strengthen its education system, professionalism and they should be protected. He also criticized the violence against the medical profession by the patients, their attendants and the society at large.


Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan Pro VC UHS and Prof. I. A. Naveed Director
Medical Education presenting a memento to Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid
Chief Editor Pulse International who was the Guest of Honour at
Professionalism Punjab Awards 2015 held at University of
Health Sciences on June 12, 2015.

Continuing Prof. Zakriya Zakir who was the chief guest on this occasion further  opined that doctors should be provided comfortable, secure working environment based on human rights and human dignity so that they can concentrate on their job and work with devotion.

 Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan Pro VC UHS and Prof. I. A. Naveed Director Medical Education presenting
Gifts to the winners in various categories i.e. caricatures, images and video clips during the 
Professionalism Punjab Awards 2015 held at University of Health Sciences on June 12, 2015.

Guest of Honour Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pulse International in his speech congratulated UHS administration in general and Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan Pro Vice Chancellor of UHS in particular for initiating this innovative project of Professionalism Punjab which encourages self learning. He also referred to the increasing incidents of violence against the healthcare profession and healthcare facilities which he opined has now become a global issue. Referring to a study from China, he said that some of the reasons for this increasing violence were sub-standard care, materialistic attitude of the healthcare establishments, failure to provide adequate information about likely complications during surgical procedures, communications failure and unexpected outcome etc.


Some of the winners in various categories receiving Gifts from Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan
Pro VC UHS and Prof. I. A. Naveed Director Medical Education at Professionalism
Punjab Awards 2015 held at UHS on June 12, 2015.

Similarly the ICRC study conducted at Karachi whose initial results were presented recently he said also highlighted the same reasons i.e.  Communications failure, lack of training to de-escalate violence, lack of training in conveying the bad news, sub-standard care and management failure besides others. He was of the view that while some of the issues like providing security, more staff to ensure that healthcare professionals are not over worked, posting security guards etc., which needs to be handled by administration, there are certain issues which need to be handled by the healthcare professionals themselves. These include training in communication skills, how to convey bad news, de-escalation of violence, improvement in their listening skills and improvement in services which all was a part of professionalism. Hence, they need to give importance to these issues which will go a long way in reducing the number of violent incidents. He further suggested that it was high time that the doctor’s community starts practicing self monitoring and accountability which can be easily done through professional specialty organizations and medical institutions themselves. If they fail, and some outside agency is asked to do it, it will be very painful, he remarked.

 
Prof. I.A. Naveed Director Medical Education UHS and Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid presenting gifts to
some of the winners at the Professionalism Punjab Awards 2015 held at University
of Health Sciences on June 12, 2015.

Earlier in his introductory remarks Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences demonstrated few caricatures, video clips from the UHS Professionalism Punjab website. These images, video clips and caricatures, he said, reflect our own professional practices, human values in our culture and society. It also shows in which direction our profession, culture and society was moving and what impact we are going to have on our society, culture. Professionalism and values   of our profession, Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan further stated is not different from values and ethics in our society. We need good doctors, their right upbringing, providing them right education. Just teaching them behavioural sciences for two years will not make them good doctors. We have to nurture their behaviour as to what is right and what is wrong and how to promote right things.


Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pulse International presenting a
Gift to Prof. Talat Naheed Principal Rahbar Medical & Dental
College on behalf of Dr. Noreen Rahat Hashmi from RMDC who
could not come at the Professionalism Punjab Awards 2015
held at University of Health Sciences Lahore on June 12, 2015.

Later those who won prizes in different categories of caricature story, image and video clips s for the month of February, March, April and May 2015 were presented prizes. Those who earned these prizes included Dr. Saima Manzoor from Multan Medial & Dental College, Dr. Sarah Khalid Khan from CMH Lahore Medical College, Dr. Muhammad Ijaz Alam from Multan Medical & Dental College and Dr. Wajid Hussain Burki from Nishtar Medical College Multan for the Month of February 2015.  Winners for the month of March 2015 were Ms. Syeda Minahil Kazmi from Rahbar Medical and Dental College Lahore, Dr. Fakhra Ikhlaq from Margalla College of Dentistry Rawalpindi,  Ms.Irfan Afzal from Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, Ms. Fatima Mehak Zia from Rahbar Medial & Dental College Lahore, Dr.Sarah Khalid Khan from CMH Lahore Medical College and Ms. Tahira Bano from UHS Lahore. For the month of April 2015 the winners were Dr. Syeda Nasreen from Fauji Foundation Hospital Lahore, Dr. Noreen Rahat Hashmi from Rahbar Medical & Dental College, Dr. Naseem Bakht from CMH Lahore, Ms. Irfan Aslam from FHM College of Medicine and Dentistry Lahore, Ms. Barira Yasin from Islam Medical and Dental College, Sialkot and Ms. Aqsa Shuja from Rahbar Medical and Dental College, Lahore. Those who won prizes for the month of May 2015 were Ms. Saeeda Saghir from Punjab College of Science, Lahore, Ms.Tahira Bano from UHS Lahore, Dr. Sarah Khalid Khan from CMH Lahore Medical College and Dr. Nosheen Bakht from CMH Lahore.

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