The Sindh Doctors Forum, UK chapter, has welcomed the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and demanded that the Sindh Medical and Dental Council be reinstated.
At a meeting held in London on Sunday, the SDF demanded that the proposed Sindh HEC should be fully autonomous without any interference from the provincial bureaucracy. “Autonomy of the HEC is of fundamental importance, so that it may perform its duties efficiently without any interference from outside,” said SDF General Secretary Dr Bashir Solangi.
The SDF executive committee noted that the doctors graduating from medical universities in Sindh faced difficulties having documents verified by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council in Islamabad and resolved that the Sindh Medical and Dental Council, which existed until the sixties, be reinstated.
The executive committee also called for concrete steps to be taken to provide financial aid to flood survivors. “Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the last year’s epic floods are still waiting for the promised aid and have been left at the mercy of the natural elements,” said Dr Solangi.
The SDP also condemned the removal of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza from the Sindh home ministry. Dr Mirza, it said, must be praised for apprehending alleged target killers.
Welcoming the establishment of new medical universities, the SDF pointed out that careful planning was required and merely upgrading a medical college to university is not desirable. It was observed that in primary care centres there are no ECG machines and necessary life-saving drugs for the cases who suffer from heart attack.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2011.
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