Teaching hospitals should be managed by medical varsities, moot told

LARKANA: A seminar was organized here on Monday by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU), Larkana,  authorities on “Role of Medical Universities in Healthcare System of Sindh” in which present & former Vice Chancellors, Principals & professors took part & shared their experiences.

While addressing the moot Vice Chancellor Prof: Dr. Asghar Channa said that in his opinion it is a very difficult task in the world to provide better healthcare facilities to the ailing mankind. He appreciated recent Sindh High Court decision to handover teaching hospital to medical universities and said that now teaching hospitals would be managed by the medical universities adding previously these were run by general cadre doctors and now professors will be their administrators.

LUMS former VC Prof: Jan Mohammad Memon said that teaching hospitals in fact are research based hospitals and faculty of clinical sciences.

He said that whenever problem occurs with teaching hospitals, it is always said to contact health department and when it is contacted their reply is always that you (universities) are independent bodies hence you should contact Higher Education Commission (HEC) and in this way we are badly treated & thrown like a football from one place to another. He said when LUMS was established it met with tough opposition but now, he claimed, it is producing country’s best doctors.

LMDC, Lahore, Principal Prof: Abdul Majeed Chaudhry asked when fashion is always changing then why not healthcare system. He urged the medical universities’ doctors to come out of power game and  provide their expertise in rural areas to reduce the patients’ burden over towns & cities’ hospitals. He said that in British rule principals of medical colleges were appointed as medical superintendents and in Iran, health department is functioning under universities since 1980 successfully.

LINAR Larkana Director Dr. Siraj Abbasi said that government has so far failed to prepare a comprehensive healthcare policy and it has also failed to open cancer treatment wards in the hospitals. He said that in other countries registration of cancer patients is always made but they are being ignored here.

Former SMBBMU VC Prof: Sikander Ali Shaikh said that medical universities are the factories of doctors and doctors are their representatives. He said that medical universities should constitute a board of governors for each teaching hospital which must include notables, journalists, advocates and experienced doctors to run them on modern lines. In reply to a question Prof: Sikander Shaikh said that registration of Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College (GMMMC), Sukkur, would not have been cancelled or derecognized if its faculty had not been shifted to Khairpur and asked “when government cannot fulfil the requirements of GMMMC how can it open Khairpur Medical College?” PPP Larkana President Khair Mohammad Shaikh said that it is irony that costly machineries, equipment & instruments are available in teaching hospitals but there is nobody to operate these machines.

Commenting over the seminar, retired Medical Superintendent, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Dr. Safiullah Abbasi, said that professors & their juniors cannot run & manage 40-bed ward and Surgical ICU & then asked how can they run a 1400-bed capacity huge teaching hospital? He said that Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) preferred not to work under university, Bibi Aseefa Dental College (BADC) Larkana & GMMMC Sukkur have been derecognized which proves their performance. Dr. Abbasi further said that head of departments do not make evening & night rounds of their respective wards which also shows that they are incapable of running these huge hospitals owing to their personal interests. He said government will have to end political interference in these hospitals for their better performance for which postgraduate doctors will also have to dedicate their time for the welfare of mankind.