Medical Ethics conference at UHS

Medical profession is at crossroads facing many ethical
challenges in its practice - Prof. Nizamuddin

LAHORE: Prof. Mohammad Nizamuddin Chairman of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has said that the medical profession is at crossroads facing many ethical challenges in its practice. “It is a fact that cannot be ignored that there is increasing dissatisfaction on the part of the patients who are expecting more and more from the doctors”. He said this while addressing the inaugural session of an international conference on medical ethics held here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on March 20, 2017 where he was invited as the Chief Guest.

The theme of the two-day conference was: “Ethics in challenging Times”, and it was organized in collaboration with the Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), SIUT, Karachi. Prof. Nizamuddin further stated that medical fraternity is becoming more and more dependent on technology thus becoming more impersonal. “The fundamental values of medicine insist that doctor’s obligation is to keep the patient’s interest above everything else”. He further stated that ethics is the basic requirement in every profession but medicine should take a lead in it.

Prof. Nizamuddin Chairman Punjab HEC speaking at the medical ethics conference held at UHS recently.
On extreme left Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain former President CPSP is presenting a memento to
the guest
speaker Professor Alastair Campbell.

UHS Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan said that important issues of autonomy, confidentiality, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence are key factors that should guide the daily decision making by doctors.

The coordinator of the conference, UHS Allied Health Sciences’ department head, Dr. Saqib Mahmood said the basic objective of the moot was to deliberate upon the current status of ethics in medical practice in Pakistan and to create awareness about the principles of clinical and biomedical research ethics.

On the first day, Professor Alastair Campbell of National University of Singapore gave a presentation on “Bioethics in Asia: the Challenges”; Prof Farhat Moazam, Chairperson of Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT, Karachi  spoke on “Bioethics: Indigenizing a Foreign Construct”; Dr. Aamir Jafarey from CBEC Karachi spoke on “Bioethics comes to Pakistan-Focus on Capacity Enhancement; Dr Faisal Rasheed Khan from Isra University on “Turning training into practice”; Prof. Mowadat H. Rana gave a presentation on “Beauty is truth, truth beauty: Aesthetics and Medical Ethics”; and, UHS VC Prof Junaid Sarfraz Khan spoke on “Using caricature/videos and images to raise medical professionalism and ethics awareness”. (PR)

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