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Doctors worried about possible cut in ties between JPMC & SMC

KARACHI, Aug 31: The Sindh government must look into the threat of a possible disaffiliation of the Sindh Medical College (SMC) from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and order steps for the creation of a peaceful environment at the public sector medical colleges in the city.

These demands were put forward by senior office-bearers of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) during a press conference at the PMA house here on Thursday.

The General-Secretary of the PMA Karachi chapter, Dr S.M. Qaiser Sajjad, said that the recent spate of violent events at health care facilities, which largely involved students of medicine and other relevant fields, revealed flaws in the teaching and training methods and relevant administrative affairs, which should be taken care of on an emergency basis.

Assisted by the PMA's central general-secretary, Dr Habibur Rahman Soomro, and Dr Aziz Tank of the College of Family Medicine, Dr Sajjad discussed in detail the academic and administrative affairs of the Dow University of Health Sciences' (DUHS) affiliated institutions and expressed fear that students of the SMC would suffer, if appropriate steps were not taken on time.

They were of the view that it was high time the DUHS reviewed the long prevailing relation between the two institutions ie the JPMC and the SMC.

The PMA office-bearers said that since the inception of the SMC, its students had been acquiring their clinical education and training at the JPMC. But for quite some time it seemed that the JPMC faculty was reluctant to own these students and was now reported to be considering disaffiliating the college on the pretext of 'law and order and politicisation of the patient care complex' due to frequent visits by the SMC students, they said.

Dr Sajjad said that the DUHS administration should have properly planned the facilities for the SMC students and interaction between the faculty members of both the JPMC and SMC right at the time of the establishment of the university.

As a solution to any possible cut in the relations between the federal government hospital and DUHS, Dr Sajjad suggested that Sindh government-run hospitals located in New Karachi, Liaquatabad, Korangi and Saudabad should be affiliated with the SMC and faculty position be awarded to all those postgraduate doctors working in the hospitals.

He said that these four hospitals had already been notified by the government as teaching hospitals and an organised clinical teaching programme could be initiated at these institutes so as not only to help overcome training problems of the medical students but also to provide up to the mark health care facilities to the local population.

Criticising the DUHS administration, Dr Sajjad called for the restoration of boarding facilities for students and doctors. Instead of dislodging anti-social elements from the hostels, the varsity administration had deprived all the deserving people of this facility, he said.

The PMA general-secretary, also an SMC alumnus, alleged that it was due to the negligence of the university that the SMC students had been isolated in an environment not conducive to learning.

He was of the view that the transfer of the faculty in the basic medical sciences at the Sindh and Dow medical colleges to the newly established Dow International Medical College had added to the sufferings of the students of both the institutions. Dr Sajjad said that that instead of planning for further expansion and establishment of new features, the DUHS at the moment should focus on serious issues confronting both the colleges.

In reply to questions, the PMA office-bearers said that they understood that the medical institutions and hospitals of the Sindh government were well in a position to absorb the house-job officers of the SMC, posted at the JPMC every year, and also to give standard faculty and facilities to students likely to be dislodged from the JPMC. Dawn

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