Up to 40pc lady doctors leave profession after marriage


Karachi: Renowned Cardiologist and President Association of Physicians of Pakistan-descent of North America (APPNA) Dr Jawed Suleman on Thursday said 30 to 40 percent female doctors in Pakistan leave the healthcare profession after marriage.

He expressed these views while addressing one-day symposium on topic; “Building the Link between Health Care Providers and Communities: A Public Health Perspective” held at local hotel. The symposium was organized by Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) with the collaboration Association of physicians of Pakistan-descent of North America (APPNA).

Over 100 doctors from USA, Canada and local doctors are participating in the week-long Association of Physicians of Pakistan-descent of North America (APPNA) Winter Meeting 2013 started from 25th to 29th December 2013.

Dr Jawed Suleman said there is ratio of 70 percent female and 30 percent male doctors in Pakistan, but unfortunately about 30 to 40 percent female doctors leave the profession after marriage and other reasons. He said if the situation persists in future Pakistan may face acute shortage of doctors. He urged the high-ups of health department to create awareness among doctors in this regard and enhance the ratio of male doctors in medical profession.

He said APPNA has started Institute of Public Health project in Karachi to promote public health, research and preventive measures to control the further spread of disease in the country. He said Pakistan has limited sources in health sector and government should focus on preventive measures rather than curing the diseases.

Chairperson APPNA Dr Zareen Fasih stressed the need of creating awareness among people about polio, measles and other diseases. She said total 75 polio cases have been reported in Pakistan which was higher as compared to the cases of previous year. She said if the situation remained same in future the Pakistani children may face travel ban at international level. She said health of mothers and children is important for country’s development and prosperity.

Health & Development specialist, APPNA Pakistan Dr Nadeem Jan said lack of awareness and attacks on polio teams are important facts behind the spread of polio disease in the country. He urged the government to provide security to polio teams and remove socio-cultural barriers to control the polio disease.

Student Coordinator JSMU Natasha Mustafa said JSMU organized first symposium after the up-gradation of varsity in 2012 from Sindh Medical College (SMC). She said informative and scientific session of symposium will helps the medical students in future.

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