In Pakistan, comprehensive strategy against coronavirus stressed

Health experts call for updating medical curriculum to defeat epidemics

​ Our Correspondent February 28, 2020

PESHAWAR: The outbreak of the novel coronavirus poses a serious threat to citizens and it is a core responsibility of all stakeholders to draw up a cohesive plan with practical measures to contain the spread of the deadly contagion.

This was stated by Khyber Medical University (KMU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Arshad Javaid on Thursday as he addressed the concluding session of a three-day International Public Health Conference at the varsity.

Javaid said that coronavirus is yet another challenge which needs to be controlled through preventive measures.

The KMU VC suggested adopting a comprehensive line of action with aggressive measures against all major communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, York University’s Dr Kamran Siddiqi said that updating the undergraduate medical curriculum per national and international public health challenges was the need of the hour. In light of the findings and recommendations of the conference, he hoped that KMU will not only able to upgrade its undergrad syllabus to meet public health needs but also help defeat the coronavirus, as well as other public health, relate epidemics.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2020.

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