50% lady doctors leave profession in Sindh


KARACHI: Health experts on Saturday demanded of the Sindh health department to revise the open merit admission policy in medical colleges of Sindh province to overcome doctors shortage in future.

Former President Pakistan Orthopaedic Association (POA), Prof Dr Mohammad Parwaz Anjum, talking to PPI said there was ratio of 75 percent female and 25 percent male students in medical colleges of the province. He said around 50 percent female medical graduates leave the healthcare profession after marriage, creating shortage of doctors in the province.

He said other three provinces of Pakistan are also facing same situation; therefore, health high-ups should revise admission policy in medical colleges across Pakistan. He said, “I have come to know through sources that Punjab government has made a plan to re-introduce admission policy in medical colleges based on 60 percent male and 40 percent female to overcome doctors shortage in the province”.

Prof Anjum explained that 60 percent male and 40 percent female quota system had existed in the country for admission in medical colleges before 1991-92 but later that time government had introduced the open merit policy in medical colleges on the demands of various organizations to abolish gender-based quota.

He said currently, there is a ratio of 75 percent female and 25 percent male doctors in the country and Sindh province, but unfortunately, 50 percent female doctors leave the profession after marriage and for other reasons. He said that if such situation persist, province may face an acute shortage of doctors in near future.

Newly elected President of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association, Prof Mohammad Amin Chinoy, said the government has spent millions of rupees on medical education, training and skill development of lady doctors annually but quitting medical profession is putting bad impact on upcoming doctors and adversely affect the national healthcare system.

He demanded of the provincial health department high-ups to revise the admission policy in medical colleges in the province to avoid shortage of doctors in future.