PMA seeks proper health policy (Dawn (Pakistan))

The health issues of the country cannot be resolved unless the government announced a proper health policy, which should be relevant to the country’s health issues.

This was said by the General Secretary Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar while speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday.

There is a trend to import policies from the west but they do not suit the country, Dr Mirza said adding the federal and provincial governments should involve all stakeholders to prepare a home-grown policy.

While talking about the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Dr Mirza said the prime minister should take notice of the violation of rules in the council and constitute a committee to hold its elections.

The body of the PMDC was de-notified two years ago and it is being run by persons who are not true representative of the health community, he said.

MNA Dr Mohammad Azhar Khan Jadoon from the PTI, who was also present at the press conference, said there were 23 private medical colleges all over the country in 2008 but now their number had reached to 140.

Dr Jadoon, who is former president of the PMA, said only an elected body could resolve the issues of the medical colleges.

Dr Mirza while talking to Dawn said the PMDC should stop registration of new medical colleges because it (registration) was compromising their quality.

When asked the PMDC claims that it has imposed a moratorium on new medical colleges but Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has refused to notify it, Dr Mirza said the ministry was also not serious in resolving the medical issues.

In fact the ministry is also responsible for increasing the problems for the health community so we condemn both the PMDC and the ministry, he said.

He said as Pak-China Economic Corridor was being established so PMA had decided to build a Pak-China Medical Corridor because majority of the medical equipment was imported from China.

In January 2016, Pak-China Medical Congress will be held in Karachi in which cooperation in medical sector of the two countries will be discussed, he said.

While replying to a question, Dr Mirza said that once there used to be a surgical instruments industry in Sialkot and Pakistan exported surgical instruments but because of the policies of the successive governments it became dysfunctional.

The Pak-China Medical Congress is aimed at reviving the industry so that once again Pakistan can become an exporter of surgical instruments, he said.