Ratodero: The Chandka Medical College (CMC) Larkana has yet to ensure fully functioning faculties in the college as per requirements of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC).
PPI learnt here Wednesday that the PMDC Islamabad had pointed out deficiency of the faculties in Chandka Medical College (CMC) Larkana about a month ago and asked it to rectify it within a month failing which action will be taken under section 22 of PM&DC Ordinance 1962 amended through Act No: XIX of 2012 but till to date nothing has been done by the CMC authorities.
The letter was sent to the college principal on 21st February 2014 along with the faculty-wise sheet for perusal by Dr. Shaista Faisal, Deputy Registrar Technical.
The sheet pinpoints the lack in basic sciences & clinical sciences faculties saying that there is no professor in seven departments including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Community Medicine, Forensic Medicine and Pharmacology departments.
Out of 18 associate professors only nine are working and out of 23 assistant professors only eight are working which shows the gravity of the problem. PM&DC had warned that a surprise inspection can be conducted any time if they did not receive any response within one month but still the CMC authorities have done nothing resulting non-compliance of the directives of the PM&DC on the one hand and loss of precious education of enrolled students on the other hand.
This also shows the quality of medical education in CMC despite the fact that more than 40 years have passed but the faculty is still incomplete which also shows the negligence of the government.
On the clinical sciences faculty side out of 15 posts of Professors of Medicine & Allied, Surgery & Allied, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology and ENT only 14 are working and out of 52 posts of associate & assistant professors only 31 are posted and out of 23 senior registrars 11 are working.
The letter further adds that the post of senior registrar is not available in PM&DC inspection criteria. This faculty position is available at faculty appointment regulations 2012, therefore, it is registered with the council and details of lecturers, demonstrators, instructors/registrars are not mentioned in this list.
It is important to note here that Government has so far failed to post a full time Vice Chancellor for Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, hence promotions of senior doctors have been delayed for no fault of theirs at all even though the favourites have been allowed and deserving are running from pillar to post.
In basic science faculty two more associate professors are required in Anatomy and only one is working along with 4 assistant professors. In Physiology there two posts of associate professors are lying vacant along with 4 assistant professors.
In Biochemistry one associate professor is working and one is required along with two assistant professors as only one is working. In Pathology 3 professors and associate professors are working and six more are required.
Two associate professors, 3 assistant professors are required in community medicine and three associate & assistant professors are required in Forensic medicine. Two associate and four assistant professors are required in pharmacology department.
The doctors and students have demanded of the present ruling government to realize their basic responsibilities and order immediate filling of vacant posts either by promotions or by fresh appointments.