Position holders from the graduating batch of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences [LUMHS], Jamshoro, expressed little interest in serving in small districts at the university’s 11th convocation on Saturday.
The university is paying special attention to the health services offered in Jamshoro, said vice-chancellor Dr Mashhoor Alam, while addressing the convocation. “I hope that this contingent of graduates and specialists, like their predecessors, will work to improve the lives of people,” he added.
However, many students from the graduating batch expressed the desire to work in big cities. “I would prefer to practice in Karachi or Hyderabad,” said Dr Asra Talpur to The Express Tribune. Talpur, who bagged nine gold medals, belongs to Sanghar district. Another graduating student, Dr Moomal Khwaja from Tando Muhammad Khan district, explained that the “glamour and opportunities” of big cities were very alluring. After completing her studies, Khwaja hopes to work in Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.
Dr Fiza Fatima Memon, who received 16 gold medals and is the ‘Best Graduate’, lamented the fact that the students didn’t want to major in basic health sciences.
Of the 99 post graduate students at the university, only seven have chosen to pursue basic medicine. Sindh Assembly speaker Nisar Khuhro, who was the chief guest at the occasion, agreed. “They [medical students] hope to eventually get transferred to big cities,” he explained.
Around 1,359 graduates, including 869 MBBS students and seven PhDs, were awarded degrees at the convocation.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2013.
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