Joint efforts needed to cater healthcare needs of masses: President Mamnoon

Karachi: President Mamnoon Hussain has stressed the need of joint efforts to bolster medical sector to cater the healthcare needs of Pakistani masses.

The president who is also the Chancellor of Bahria University was addressing to the 1st Convocation of Bahria University Medical & Dental College here Monday.

Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) Chief of the Naval Staff, Pro-Chancellor Bahria University was also present.

President Mamnoon Hussain said we have to make greater efforts through a strong and a robust partnership of public and the private sector to meet the health care requirements of our people.

He said it was a great pleasure for him to attend this auspicious occasion which marks successful completion of MBBS Degree of 1st batch of the College. He congratulated all graduates on attaining MBBS degree from a prestigious medical college.

Addressing the graduates, he said today is a momentous occasion in your lives. Your hard work, commitment and efforts have borne fruits and have enabled you to earn this degree. But remember, this degree is only the first milestone of a long journey ahead.

He said this occasion marks a transition from a teaching environment to the rigors of practical field where your mettle will be put to test by your supervisors and the communities that you will serve.

I am confident that as the alumni of this prestigious institution, you will make your alma mater, your teachers and your parents proud with your professionalism, honesty and integrity. Attaining the fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, CPSP- Pakistan’s prestigious seat of learning in Health Sciences – should be your next milestone, after completing your house jobs. I urge you to continue your work hard to achieve your ultimate goal.

He said he was glad to know that Pakistan Navy is contributing significantly towards the promotion of education besides defending and safeguarding sea frontiers of the country.

“Illiteracy, as we know, is the greatest hindrance to development and socio-economic uplift of our people. I congratulate Naval Chief for establishing educational institutions of very high standards, from schools to universities, providing primary to tertiary, and basic to professional education.”

He said we are fortunate that we are a nation of talented people. Our men and women have been earning laurels across the world for their capabilities and talent in all walks of life. We are proud to have produced excellent doctors, engineers, artists and other professionals. These people indeed are the true faces of our nation and have the potential to take the country and the nation to apex of glory and development.

He said due to limited opportunities and insufficient infrastructure, often our best minds opt for abroad in search of better prospects. We need to reverse this trend. This calls for a collective effort both at individual as well as collective level.

The President said it is a matter of great concern that we are far behind the WHO’s recommended doctor-to-patient ratio in the country. This clearly indicates the brain drain and also the state of health sector in the country. A large number of Pakistanis especially in the remote areas still have little or no access to healthcare facilities. We need to focus on this. We have to make greater efforts through a strong and a robust partnership of public and the private sector to meet the health care requirements of our people.

He said the present government attaches great priority to health sector and supports all endeavours aimed at improving the quality health care to the people. The Government is aware of the issues that our doctors and medical practitioners face in discharge of their duties and is undertaking every possible effort to address these issues.

He said let us all join hands in making efforts to encourage young doctors to work hard to serve the humanity. Let us all work to improve health care facilities in the private and public sectors, with the help of the government, philanthropists and private investment, specially for our poor and needy patients.

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