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KMU’s Annual Health
Research Conference

PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical University (KMU) organized a four day fifth annual health research conference at Khyber Girls Medical College (KGMC), Peshawar. Theme of the conference was “Today’s Research Tomorrow’s Health”. In this conference besides oral and poster presentations a quiz competition was also arranged. In the inaugural session Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shukatullah who is also chancellor of the university was the chief guest while Minister for Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shoukat Yousafzai was guest of hounour.VC KMU Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah, Registrar Dr. Fazal Mahmood, Director ORIC Prof. Dr. Mukhtiar Zaman, faculty, principals of various medical colleges, researchers and a number of students were also present at the occasion.

Prof. Nasiruddin Azam Khan an eminent physician presenting a certificate
to one of the participants of annual health research conference at Khyber Girls
Medical College Peshawar. Prof. Hafeezullah Khan VC KMU, Prof. Tariq Mufti
Principal RMI and others are also present on this occasion.

Speaking at the occasion Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah emphasized upon universities to generate research based knowledge and come up with innovations to address the issues which the people are facing. He said that research and innovation are the vehicles of positive change and the nations who led in these two areas, always lead the world. “The gap between the developed and developing nations is widening all the time because of progress on one side and stagnation on the other and such a state of divide reflects the level of imbalance in their research focus,” he remarked.
Referring to the theme of the conference, the Governor particularly mentioned the top killer diseases and said that they all need to be the integral part of the Research Agenda of the respective institutions. Regarding KMU, the Governor said, with seven constituent and 28 affiliated institutes being the single public sector institution of higher learning in the province bears the huge responsibility of fulfilling the expectations of the government.
Mr. Shoukat Ali Yousafzai Minister for health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa congratulated the KMU management on holding a successful research conference. He said KMU was progressing in right direction and we are proud of this unique institution.
Earlier VC KMU Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah in his welcome address said that research has been an important component of medicine as without this no new developments would have come to the surface in terms of health care. In the early medical education years, research did not remain a part of curriculum protocol but of late, this component has been added and reflected in the medical institutions. KMU was working towards development of a strong research culture and has been putting pressure for doing research at all levels. World-wide, there is growing interest among the medical faculty to acquire research qualifications. Pakistan should by no means be an exception.
The development of interest in literature search, participation in research projects, training in preparation of manuscripts and public speaking, making presentations on complex issues are important in maintaining and promoting a research milieu. Research qualification adds prestige, enhances clinical acumen and understanding and becomes a perfect combination for entering into an academic career, he added.
Prof. Dr. Mukhtiar Zaman, Director, ORIC and Prof. Dr. Junaid A. Razzaq, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine of Agha Khan University Karachi also highlighted the importance of research development in health sector. In this conference there were 18 Oral and 21 Poster presentations. In the end Secretary Health KP Mr. Ghulam Qadir distributed certificates and cash prizes in the position holders.(PR)


 

Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pulse International and General Secretary Pakistan Aspirin Foundation
presenting mementoe to Prof. Akbar Chaudhry and Prof.Javed Akram the two guest speakers in the
Aspirin Update Session during the FAMILYCON 2014 organized by Pakistan Academy of
Family Physicians at Lahore recently.

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