Public sector medical universities must provide economical, affordable diagnostic services

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Public sector medical universities
must provide economical,
affordable diagnostic services
DUHS has set a fine example which was
followed by JSMU, others Medical universities
should also provide this facility to the public

KARACHI: Medical universities in the public sector should establish state of the art Diagnostic Services by establishing laboratories equipped with sophisticated equipment, instruments and provide all laboratory tests and radiological services at economical price which is easily affordable accessible by the public. They can charge reasonable amount to efficiently run and manage this service which will also generate lot of funding for the universities. Former Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Prof. Masood Hameed deserve to be complimented to have taken the initiative and DUHS became the pioneer in this field having not only established a most modern state of the art laboratory at its Ojha Campus but also set up numerous collection centers all over the city.

These laboratories provide almost every test required and the service is manned by highly qualified, competent and experienced faculty and support staff. The high quality of their reporting has earned DUHS confidence and trust of the healthcare professionals with the result that the laboratory as well as its collection centers remain busy most of the time and one can see a large number of patients waiting to be served. The charges are also much less as compared to the other private laboratories.

Apart from the laboratory, DUHS has also established a state of the art Institute of Radiology at DUHS Ojha Campus which provides X-Ray, CT scan, Echocardiography, Ultrasound facilities which are also highly subsidized. The initiative taken by DUHs was followed by Jinnah Sindh Medical University. It is high time that medical universities in Punjab, Khyber PK and Baluchistan should also step in and learn some lessons from DUHS initiative which not only generates funds for the university but also brings the institution lot of good will, enhances its image and credibility, standing in the eyes of the public.

It is just unthinkable that medical universities which have qualified people in its faculty in the Dept. of Pathology and Radiology should not follow this initiative. Let the leadership of those universities learn from the DUHS initiative and plan accordingly but it is only possible if those sitting in the Board of Governors of these universities do not have any conflict of interest. Those who have such conflict of interest will never wish the universities to develop this diagnostic and imaging service because it will adversely affect their own interests.

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