Ethics and Doctors’ behaviour has assumed greater importance these days-Gen. Khalid Maqbool


 Mowadat Rana’s Book on Behavioural Sciences

Ethics and Doctors’ behaviour has assumed greater
importance these days-Gen. Khalid Maqbool

Public Health is being neglected in Pakistan - Prof. Nizamuddin

LAHORE: Former Governor Punjab, Lt. Gen. (R) Khalid Maqbool has said that professional ethics and behaviour of doctors has assumed greater importance these days and it is high time that our medical institutions should build internal systems of accountability. He was addressing at the book launching ceremony of “A Handbook of Behavioiural Sciences”, here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on May 27, 2016. The book is written by Prof. Mowadat H. Rana, Dr. Roop Zainab Rana and Dr. Mansoor Mustafa as a textbook for medical and dental colleges’ students. Gen. Khalid Maqbool further stated that when dealing with healthcare, ethical issues were not uncommon. While treating the patient their dignity and respect must be given due importance.

Punjab Higher Education Commission’s Chairman, Prof. Dr. Nizamuddin said that almost 6 per cent of the population of the country comprised of elderly people.  Hence, doctors should be sensitive to the special needs of such people. Prof Nizamuddin was of the opinion that area of public health was being criminally neglected. “One or two public health institutes would not serve the purpose. We need more institutes with social scientists working there in close collaboration with health professionals”, he maintained. He further said that the hospitals had a huge data which was not being explored for the benefit of public at large. He urged UHS to come up with research projects specially focussing public health and community medicine for which, he assured, funds would be provided by PHEC. 

Dr. Mowadat H. Rana presenting his book on Behavioural Sciences to
former Punjab Governor Lt. Gen. Khalid Maqbool at the book launch
function held at UHS Lahore recently. VC UHS Prof. M. Aslam is also
seen in the center.

UHS Member Board of Governors, Prof Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar, was very critical of unethical medical practices on the part of the healthcare professionals and unethical marketing practices by the pharmaceutical trade and industry.

“Pharmaceutical industry he stated was working overtime to pollute and corrupt the younger generation of healthcare professionals through different means such as offering gifts and arranging foreign trips”.

In his welcome address, UHS Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. (R) Prof. Muhammad Aslam said that the university took a lead by including the subject of Behavioural Sciences for organized teaching and training at the undergraduate level in all its affiliated medical and dental colleges. He further said that this historical step brought the graduate of UHS at par with their counterparts around the world and would also help the future doctors in having a holistic and a humanistic approach towards their patients.

The author of the book, Prof. Dr. Mowadat Hussain Rana stated that historically medicine is a subtle mixture of science and art. However, modern medicine had handed over an equipment intensive approach to its practitioner but, in the process, had made the doctors of today unlearn the time-tested art of a good doctor – patient relationship. “Doctors have been talking to organs and diseases and not persons”, he added.

Prof. Mowadat further said that UHS was trying, by introducing Behavioural Sciences in medical curricula, to give back to the medical profession its lost human touch which had made the doctor spiritually closer to his patients and gave him the unparalleled status of the ‘messiah’ in the society. The co-author, Dr. Roop Zainab Rana said that between a doctor and a patient there were many complex knots and to open these knots there must be a technique beyond transcriptions and surgical interventions. “Ethics, doctor – patient relationship, effective communication skills, holding the hand of the patient at the right moment, taking the deep long breath when he announces to you the demise of his dear one, bowing and leaning forward when he is receding backwards, are those essential skills that a doctor needs to learn”, she emphasized. (PR)