Speakers at a two-day conference on Scope and Development of Eastern Medicine on Friday urged the government to establish a dedicated eastern medicine teaching hospital in the country.
They said research in eastern medicine would benefit from such a facility.
Other recommendations at the conclusion of the conference held at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur included commencement of a Bachelor of Eastern Medicine and Surgery (BEMS) programme, structuring of the service rules for these graduates including a year-long house job and establishment of a research centre at the IUB.
Islamia University Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mukhtar said the university planned to initiate a project to manufacture and market herbal medicines.
He said resources of College of Conventional Medicine would be used in this regard. He said Cholistan desert contained a number of plants and shrubs known for their medicinal uses. He hoped these could be utilised in the production of medicine at the college.
He said these medicines would be sold in the market with approval of Food and Drug Authority. The vice chancellor also announced the establishment of a herbarium at the campus.
Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Peerzada, who was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, said the federal government was considering a proposal to establish a new ministry and put the administration of all professional and technical training institutes under its control. He said the measure would help boost research activities at universities.
CCM Principal Prof Naveed Akhtar and Dean Faculty of Pharmacy Prof Mahmood Ahmed.
The conference was organised jointly by the IUB’s University College of Conventional Medicine and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2012.