All vacant posts in public sector medical universities in Punjab will be filled soon-Governor Punjab

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TeleHealth Services needs to be promoted in Pakistan
All vacant posts in public sector
medical universities in Punjab will be
filled soon-Governor Punjab
UHS is planning to start Masters in Health
Informatics-Prof. Javed Akram

LAHORE: Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has assured to fill up all the vacant posts in the public sector medical universities in the province very soon. The whole process has been set in motion and within next few weeks all these posts will be filled, he added. He was responding to a question from Pulse International regarding numerous coveted posts of Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors, Controller of Examinations, Registrar and Deans which are lying vacant and have not been filled so far which has seriously affected not only the functioning of these medical institutions but also teaching, training and patient care.

Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar further stated that adhoc appointments and giving additional charge to the faculty members is not in my dictionary and I do not believe in it. The delay has occurred since no proper planning and homework was done before these medical universities were established by the previous government. The present Government has made all appointments on merit in the medical universities and I did not use my discretionary powers at all, he remarked.


Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar speaking at the Inauguration of
TeleHealth Service at UHS Lahore recently. Dr. Suhail Chughtai and
Prof. Javed Akram VC UHS are also seen in the picture.

He commended the contributions made by the healthcare professionals during the Covid19 pandemic and the performance of the public sector healthcare facilities in particular in Lahore like University of Health Sciences and King Edward Medical University/Mayo Hospital which provided Telemedicine service which benefitted a large number of patients. It has been a great milestone in the history how Pakistan contained the corona virus, he remarked. He was of the view that we need to promote TeleHealth Service in the country which will benefit the patients living in far flung rural areas as well as in small cities and town. He was full of praise for Prof. Javed Akram who as principal investigator undertook the Trial of Covid19 vaccine at UHS where over eighteen thousand people were vaccinated. The trial has just finished and its results will be announced soon.

During the pandemic we at Governor House in collaboration with different donors distributed food items worth one hundred seventy billion rupees. We are also working for the prevention of diabetes, hepatitis epidemics, tuberculosis and government is determined to eradicate polio. Earlier he formally inaugurated the Telemedicine Helpline Center at UHS.

Speaking at the occasion Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of UHS said that during the current pandemic over seven lac patients benefitted from this helpline. This service was made available in all the districts even in the remotest areas. Mild cased were given advice but moderate and severe cases were treated through Ambulance service and those who needed hospitalization were referred to tertiary care hospitals. He also took pride in the fact that UHS was the first public sector medical university which has successfully conducted a Vaccine Trial and it also helped train a lot of healthcare professions. In the days to come we will see more and more use of Telemedicine while Robotic surgery will become a routine in Pakistan as well in the days to come. He also disclosed that UHS is planning to start Masters in Health Informatics in the near future.

Dr. Suhail Chughtai in his brief speech highlighted the importance of Telemedine in Clinical Medicine and practice and shared the details of capacity building programmes of healthcare professionals in various districts where telemedine facility was made available. In future we will see more and more use of artificial intelligence and Telemedicine, he added.

Dr. Humayun Aziz disclosed that so far fourteen lac consultations were provided by the TeleHealth service at UHS. Dr. Khurram Shahzad thanked the Punjab Health Department for their collaboration and useful assistance in promoting Telemedine service in the province.