KARACHI: Vice Chancellor, Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), Prof SM Tariq Rafi on Saturday said administration of his university has sent a request to Pakistan Medical & Dental Council for opening of Sindh Institute of Oral Health Dental College few months ago but did not receive positive response as yet.
He said PMDC has recently granted permission for opening of new medical college in Khairpur in Sindh province.
He said JSMU administration has sent formal request to PMDC for opening of new dental college, Sindh Institute of Oral Health institution, on the place of Dr Ishrat-ul Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, as the institute handed over to Dow University of Health Sciences.
He said PMDC has not yet responded to JSMU administration despite the passage of over three months. He said administration will start BDS classes within three months, once the permission is granted. He said PMDC should allow opening of new dental college in public sector to fill the shortage of doctors in the country.
President Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan was not available for comment.
It was pertinent to mention here that Pakistan is facing acute shortage of dentists as only 16,000 dentists are registered in the country, who are not enough to cater the needs of whole population. Moreover, a good number of doctors leave the country for better future every year.
In 2014, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had extended moratorium on opening of new medical and dental colleges for further two year due to shortage of faculty and academicians as existing colleges already face shortage of teachers.
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