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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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