Karachi: Director Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Prof Adibul Hasan Rizvi on Monday revealed that the SIUT had established Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) to provide free quality medical education and professional training to those people who could not afford it.
He expressed these views while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of SIUT students volunteer program batch 34, organized by the Resource Generation and Outreach Department (RGO). About 100 students received certificates in SIUT students volunteer’s program batch-34.
Rizvi said; “During your training, you have seen the ground realities of life from a very close distance and must have observed that where the people have food to fill their stomach, getting afflicted by diseases whose treatment and medication expenses are hundred times more expensive than bread.”
He said only way to prevent this was that people should have some sort of guarantee of health access, adding that this exactly was the foundation stone of SIUT’s philosophy which had taken upon itself to provide quality medical healthcare facility with dignity to all the patients free of cost. He said all that had been possible through the financial and philanthropic support of the government and the public that was why “I have never been ever disheartened by the Pakistani nation”.
He stated that free healthcare and education is the basic and fundamental right of a human being. “You are all privileged to be getting your education in good schools. Today your parents are also here. May I ask you all a question that has you ever thought about those thousands of children who are not able to go to schools? Admittedly this is the responsibility of the state but cannot we all strive to find a way that every single child of Pakistan gets educated? Education is not only about certificates or degrees but it is the knowledge which teaches a person the art of life.”
He divulged that SIUT has taken a step by forming SIMS under which those students have been given free quality medical education and professional training who could not afford it on their own. It is ironic that education has become a business now, which not only applies to private sector but also on the educational institutions of the public sector as well, which are charging heavy fees in the name of so called “Self finance schemes”. SIUT conducts such kinds of educational programs so that free quality education can flourish and the unstable society may get a chance to stabilize.