PMA reiterates VC removal demand


Karachi: Secretary General Pakistan Medical Association PMA Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar on Wednesday once again demanded the Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences DUHS should immediately resign from his post as he is not fit for that post due to legal grounds.

Addressing a press conference at PMA House, here in which Treasurer PMA Centre Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, President PMA Karachi Dr M Idrees Adhi, General Secretary College of Family Medicine Karachi Dr Aziz Khan Tank and Senior Member of PMA Karachi Dr Shaukat Malik were also present, Mirza Azhar said Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed a bill on 19th August 2013, which reads: The Dow University of Health Sciences Act, 2004 Sindh Act No.X 2004. In section 12, for subsection 1, the following shall be substituted:“1 A person having medical background shall be appointed Vice Chancellor by the Chancellor on the recommendation of Government for a period of two years, which may be extended for one term, on such terms and conditions as the Chancellor may determine. Provided that the VC, who has remained the VC of the university for more than two terms, shall, on commencement of this Act, cease to hold office.

Dr Mirza said according to this legislation the VC of DUHS has no legal right to hold his office anymore. He said doctors and the members of the civil society have always called for merit and transparency. He said they feel disappointed when the people like VC of a university violate the rules and regulations with impunity.

Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad urged the Sindh of government to issue an immediate notification to remove the incumbent VC from his post. He showed much concern about the ongoing wave of kidnapping of doctors for ransom in Balochistan province and demanded from the government to provide security to doctors.

Dr M Idrees Adhi said massive corruption and mismanagement committed what he alleged by some elements in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC during last five years is matter of serious concern. He said the tall claims of PMDC President about reforms in medical education are a joke with education. He said political interference into medical institutions is destroying the medical education in Pakistan.

He strongly condemned the brutal attack at the Peshawar Church and condoled with the bereaved families. He also showed grief and concern on the earthquake in some parts of Balochistan and offered provincial government of Baluchistan any kind of medical help for the affectees.

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