Thought Provokers

Dear Shaukat,

I am enjoying reading your latest book but the chapter reflecting on the need of code of conduct for journalists and media reminded me of this need for all professions. I feel:

1. Doctors need a code of conduct to protect the rights of patients.

2. Teachers need a code of conduct to make them role models for students.

3. Lawyers need a code of conduct to protect the rights of clients.

4. Politicians, civil and military bureaucrats need a code of conduct not to usurp the rights of people.

5. Police needs a code of conduct not to exploit people and give them security.

6. Judiciary needs  a code of conduct to stop adjournments at the cost of clients and give justice to all.

7. Engineers need a code of conduct not to indulge in corruption.

In fact every profession needs a code of conduct that should be strictly implemented with sharp accountability. Knowing your stamina for writing why don't you try to write code of conduct for every profession and publish it in form of a book.

Prof.Sirajudidn Ahmad
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Thanks for your latest book “Thought Provokers” compilation of Medico-Political columns published in “Off the Record Column” in Pulse International. I am lucky to have all the nine volumes published so far. It provided ma a chance one way or the other to get hold of some real life, bitter truth of our society that gives me a feeling that there is someone who is watching and raising voice against all odds in our field. In medical journalism let me say that you are seen as an undisputed figure to say the least.

I have been enjoying Off the Record in Pulse for the last many years and I am not hesitant to say that these columns are really an eye opener for all of us and also a food for thought.

Related to my field of interest both as a medical doctor and a pharmaceutical marketer I owe lot of support towards you in raising voice in any form and shape towards fading ethics and not so healthy interaction between pharmaceutical industry and our medical profession. I wish you all the courage and Health.

Dr. Syed Asad Abbas
Director Marketing & Sales,

OBS Health Care

Thank you very much for sending me the “Thought Provokers.”   I finally managed to read half of the book  so far and enjoyed some sections in particular. I actually looked at the table of contents and picked the chapters from there.

President CPSP section is so close to our beliefs that educationists have no real glamour compared to corrupt politicians. The Mukhtar Nama is a good tribute to a great eye surgeon. Chapter 72 “Targeted killing of Healthcare Professionals” just brings to forefront such an important issue which is not given due attention by our leaders. I especially liked the Urdu verses embedded very appropriately in the book.  It is an interesting collection of short Essays with many aspects in one book. Congratulations

Prof. Lubna Baig
Dean APPNA Institute of Public Health
Jinnah Sindh Medical University
Karachi. Pakistan.

Diploma Course on Healthcare
Management by IBA Karachi 

Dear Shaukat Saheb,

You have very well highlighted and focused the need of Efficient Hospital Management in your main Headline write-up in Pulse International November 15th 2014 issue as emphasized by different speakers at its formal launch ceremony held at IBA recently. The write-up is very useful and informative for communicating the concerned Health personnel the details of IBA starting Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management from January 2015. This also includes the timings of the course and other relevant details like fee etc for the Diploma.

The initiation of Post Graduate Diploma shall go a long way in providing qualified Professionals to handle Hospital and Health Care management efficiently and professionally.

Saeed Allawala
Chairman PPMA
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 Quaid-e Azam’s
Personal Physicians

Dr. Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar Ex Surgeon General  Pakistan Army has very aptly responded to the unfounded remarks of the  Vice Chancellor of a  Medical University on the above mentioned issue. Dr Ilahi Bakhsh (1904-60) was Principal KE Medical College Lahore at that time after partition. He was never a regular physician of Father of Nation either at Bombay or at Karachi. He was consulted in Aug 1948 for pulmonary complications when Quaid was in Ziarat-Quetta. He called two of his colleague doctors from Lahore for his assistance. One was Dr Riyaz Ali Shah a TB specialist and the other was Dr. Ghulam Muhammad pathologist of Mayo Hospital Lahore. Dr Ilahi Bakhsh has narrated all the events of his stay with the Quaid with the help of his diary notes as a firsthand account of Quaid’s last days. The narrative was entitled “With the Quaid -e- Azam during his last days”. The book was published in 1949 from Lahore with perhaps no reprint subsequently. It throws good light on the personality, habits and likes, dislikes of Quaid and methods of treatment and nursing care prevalent at that time. However the book little mentions about Quaid’s past medical history, previous treatment or role of his regular physicians like Dr. Patel and Dr. Mistry.

Dr. Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar  in the discussion has raised a very important issue about the legacy of high sounding personal medical staff at state expense .This is a luxury which only Pakistani politicians can think of. It was started by a bureaucrat turned politician who ruled the country during his 3- year hemiplegic illness through an American nurse. She was the only person at GG house who could fully understand rubbish utterances of bed ridden Governor General plus his high density Punjabi abuses hurled on others. Sufi Qudratulah  Shahab was another expert who could interpret GG alien language and run the state. No doctor, judge, general or bureaucrat of the time dared to say that the HH GG is insane and incapable to run the country as everyone was getting his share peacefully except the state and its people. Dr. Mahmud Akhtar is right that the practice needs to rectify. But who will do it? Every state pillar is struggling these days to fortify its domain and nobody is interested to look after the interests of state and its people.

It will not be out of place to refer to another egoistic manifestation of our ruling elites. When people’s representative in power like Prime Minister or President  indulge in talks with their  counterpart or hold meetings one always sees a uniformed officer sitting stiff on the back, doing nothing. One wonders about the presence of a serving soldier in political corridors. Perhaps it shows the powers of politicians or their control over armed forces. If it is useful or justified then representatives from other departments like judiciary, bureaucracy, communication, health, minorities, Molvies etc should also get a back seat!

Dr. Anwar Ahmad Bugvi
Ex Advisor & Additional Secretary Health Punjab
Lahore. Pakistan.