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PMA demands independent
autonomous PM&DC
Terms advisory committee
illegal, unconstitutional

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (Centre) had its Central Council Meeting at PMA House, Lahore recently. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Ikram Ahmed Tunio, President PMA Centre. Central Councilors from all over Pakistan attended the meeting which discussed many important issues the details of which were shared with the media at a press conference.

Pakistan Medical &
Dental Council (PMDC):

PMDC ordinance 2019 was promulgated by the Honorable President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi on 5th January 2019. PMA had out-rightly rejected this as it was in total violation of PMDC ordinance 1962. The bill was moved to the senate, where the ordinance was rejected. Now, Ministry of National Health Services has constituted eight- member advisory committee to run the affairs of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). PMA condemns this as it is an unconstitutional and illegal committee.

 Security of doctors:

Recently the killing of Dr. Hyder Askari in Karachi and mysterious death of Dr. Nimrita Kumari in Larkana has shocked the entire medical fraternity. This is very unfortunate that government has failed to provide security to the doctors. We ask the concerned authorities to provide security to the people particularly the doctors who are always considered soft target. PMA fear that target killing of doctors may not start again. We request the concerned authorities to take appropriate security measures to save the lives of doctors.

 

PMA also expressed its concern with the rising cases of dengue in the country. Cases of confirmed dengue virus have been reported in thousands in all the provinces. The situation is very alarming and we doubt that it may not become epidemic. Appropriate measures need to be taken to control this. It also expressed concern about increasing cases of polio, Government move to establish Media Courts, alleged sacking of doctors with MS, MD degrees in Gulf States, increasing drug prices and situation in occupied Kashmir where human rights violations are increasing and access to healthcare has become difficult.

Apart from President, others who were present included Dr. S.M Qaiser, Dr. Amri Saleem, Dr. Saeed Ahmed, Dr. Sahibzada Masood, Dr. Ashraf Nizami and Dr. Malik Shahid Shaukat. (PR)

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