President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday broke ground for construction of academic block of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) and Federal Medical College.
While speaking on the occasion, he observed that the process of reforms should continue to improve the medical education. Medical professionals should remain connected to the society and should work for the poor, he added.
The President emphasized on virtual education to increase enrolment of students without extra spending on infrastructure. Virtual education was of immense importance and Pakistan needed a large number of information technology and medical graduates and attention should be given to this aspect of education, he added.
He said the nations make progress with spending in education and health. “I believe in virtual education and have immense interest in information technology.” He said in Pakistan, every year 26000 youth become IT graduates which was less as compared to the neighbouring country.
He said in the 1970s and 1990s a huge number of medical graduates left the country and the country could not get benefit from their abilities. He said Pakistan needed nurses and other paramedical staff and they should not be sent abroad. In the past a large number of students went abroad for higher education and many of them did not return, he noted.
He said the human resources of the country should be prepared for meeting needs of the country. The President said in a period of 20 years, the number of doctors had doubled while the number of dentists had also increased manifold.
The President stressed on improving quality of education and achieving higher ranking for the educational institutions. Dr Alvi said Pakistan effectively handled the coronavirus pandemic and the medical professionals gave sacrifices of life for saving people from the deadly virus.
The vaccination for coronavirus disease trained paramedical staff for tackling infectious diseases, he added. He underlined the need for taking steps for reducing the disease of hepatitis.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan told about the steps being taken to improve governance in the medical institutions. He said the new project would lead the medical profession into a new era.
The proposed upgraded facilities will enhance the teaching and research capacity of the university. The objective of the project was to enroll 1000 under and post graduate students and produce 300 PhDs.
The project would help in publishing about 1000 research papers and in holding 250 local clinical trials for creating local data about pharmacological effects of drugs. It would promote research culture in the medical profession and will have a simulation lab facility.
Higher Education Commission had financed the project to be completed in three years. Executive Director of Higher Education Commission Dr Shaista Sohail, Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Tanvir Khalid and Chairman Board of Directors Dr Abid Malik were present on the occasion.