PMC Ordinance 2019 envisages National Medical & Dental Academic Board, PMDC & National Medical Authority-Zafar Mirza


ICME Conference 2019 by Riphah Int. University
PMC Ordinance 2019 envisages National
Medical & Dental Academic Board, PMDC
& National Medical Authority-Zafar Mirza
Every medical, dental graduate to pass the National
Licensing Exam before getting License to practice
Govt. wishes to ensure universal health
coverage ensuring quality of care

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Zafar Mirza Minister of State for Health has disclosed that the Pakistan Medical Commission Ordinance 2019 envisages the establishment of three different bodies. The National Medical and Dental Academic Board, PMDC and the National Medical Authority. Speaking at the inaugural session of the International Medical Conferenced 2019 organized by Riphah International University held here recently he pointed out that the government wishes to ensure universal health coverage ensuring quality which will be achieved through the drastic measures proposed in the Ordinance. The NMDC Academic Board will have nineteen members of which nine will come from the Pakistan Medical Dental Council while the National Medical Authority will consist of seven highly qualified personalities. Registration of degrees, equivalence of degrees and experience certificates will be expedited speedily ensuring good governance and doctors won’t have to wait for months, he added.

He commended the Ripha International University for organizing the conference inviting distinguished speakers from all over the country and overseas. The government of Pakistan, he stated feels that healthcare needs of the people must be met and those who cannot afford to pay should not be deprived of healthcare. At present almost 60-70% of the population get healthcare from the private sector. The needs of the poor people will be met through Social Health Insurance wherein we will purchase the services from the private sector. We are facing challenges in all sectors and we have to face these challenges.

Some of the invited guest speakers from overseas and speakers, workshop facilitators
photographed with Mr. Hassan Mohammad Khan Chancellor Riphah Int. University
and Maj. Gen. Masood Anwar at the Int. Conference on Medical Education held recently.

Continuing Dr. Zafar Mirza said that WHO says that there should be three to four nurses per doctor but in Pakistan it is the other way round. We have one nurse per four doctors and this imbalance has to be corrected. In order to achieve the desired objectives we had to go for these drastic measures, he clarified. It is also envisaged to start National Licensing Examination which will be held twice a year and graduates from every medical and dental college will have to pass this examination before they are issued license to practice.

Mr. Shafqat Mahmood Federal Minister for Education in his speech said that this conference will go a long way in improving the standard of medical education. We have started introducing reforms in health sector. Whenever such measures are taken people with vested interests come up with their reaction since their interests are hurt. We are involving people from the entire society to improve healthcare. Hospitals will be run and managed through Board of Governors which will also have members from the community. We will ensure quality education which will result in jobs availability. He felt that due to their measures, many institutions might close down because we wish to design a system which takes care of quality of education, teaching, training and competence of the doctors.

Mr. Shafqat Mahmood Federal Minister for Education, Dr. Zafar Mirza Minister of State for
Health, Prof. Anis Ahmad Vice Chancellor, Mr. Hassan Mohammad Khan Chancellor of
Riphah International University and Major Gen. Masood Anwar Chairman of the organizing
committee speaking at the inaugural session of 4th International Conference on Medical
Education organized by Riphah Int. University at Islamabad from October 19-22, 2019.

Earlier Mr. Hassan Mohammad Khan Chancellor of Riphah International University in his address said that this was the sixth such conference they have organized and it has been organized in Pakistan for the second time after ten years. Earlier we had held these conferences twice in Dubai, once in Mauritius and once in Turkey. We started holding these conferences in 2009. Now in Pakistan almost every medical institution has a Dept. of Medical Education and many institutions are running Masters in Health Professional Education programmes. In a country like USA almost two hundred fifty thousand fatalities are reported due to medical errors and since we do not have any local data, one wonders what may be happening in Pakistan? We need to develop curriculum to meet the challenges we face. After Heart diseases, cancer, medical errors account as the third leading cause of mortality. We have to ensure patient safety, prevent medical errors, provide quality healthcare and prevent the deaths from Non-Communicable Diseases which accounts for 40.5 Million deaths every year globally. We need to think how to prevent these deaths from NCDs. The theme of the conference was therefore selected as the 21st Century Challenges in Health Professional Education, he remarked.

Prof. Anis Ahmad Vice Chancellor of Riphah International University in his brief address on the occasion said that medical education should look at not only the medical but social, spiritual, cultural needs of the people. We at Riphah University has designed the curriculum which takes care of all these aspects, he added.

Dr. Gohar Wajid and other distinguished invited guest speakers being presented
during the ICME 2019.

Prof. Masood Anwar Chairman of the Organizing Committee stated that they received 267 abstracts out of which 48 were accepted by the Scientific Committee headed by Prof. Rehan Ahmad Khan. We had thirty two workshops facilitated by National and international delegates at various medical institutions and the number of registered delegates in the conference has crossed the figure of eight hundred which makes it as one of the biggest conference held in Pakistan in this discipline.

The scientific programme of the conference consisted of numerous Pre-Conference workshops, Plenary Sessions, What the Experts Say sessions besides free paper session. Detailed reports on some of the presentations to follow.

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