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Rawalpindi allied hospitals Ill-management

Ill-management at Rawalpindi allied Hospitals
Rawalpindi, Dec 10: Senior doctors from teaching cadre of Rawalpindi Medical College, who are supposed to supervise working at Accident & Emergency departments of the allied hospitals to cater to emergency cases, remain absent from duty giving almost no attention to the directives issued by Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

The provincial government in August issued a notification according to which doctors from teaching cadre would have to supervise working at emergency departments of respective hospitals of their duties.

According to the notification, at least a Professor level doctor should have to supervise the work at the emergency department in the morning shift, an associate professor in the evening shift while an assistant professor in the night, however, in none of the three teaching hospitals here the teaching cadre doctors visit the emergency departments.

"No doctor from teaching cadre remains present or even visit the emergency department of Holy Family Hospital in any of the three shifts," said a top official at HFH who wanted his name not to be published.

To a query, he said that the HFH administration is unable to take any action against the teaching cadre doctors. "Actually the teaching cadre staff works under control of Principal RMC and In-charge Allied Hospitals Professor Dr Mohammad Mussadiq Khan and the hospitals' medical superintendents cannot take any action against them."

A top level doctor in administrative cadre of Benazir Bhutto Hospital when contacted said that the medical director of the BBH Professor Dr Hamid Hassan has already prepared rosters for duty of teaching cadre for the whole month, "However none of the teaching cadre doctors are complying with the duty roster."

Pleading anonymity, he said that no professor, associate professor or assistant professor visits the emergency department for the purpose of supervising work there. "Neither there seems any compliance of the CM's directives nor any monitoring exists at the allied hospitals," he said and added that the administrative staff of the hospitals cannot do anything to convince the teaching cadre staff to supervise the working at the emergency department.

It has been learnt that similar is the situation at District Headquarters Hospital where no teaching cadre doctor visits or supervises the working at the emergency department.

Many health experts say that preparation of duty rosters only cannot serve the purpose of supervision of working at emergency departments by the teaching cadre doctors. 'How is it possible that without sitting at the emergency departments, the teaching cadre doctors would supervise the working there," is their stance.

Principal RMC and In-charge Allied Hospital Professor Mussadiq, when contacted, said that no directives regarding presence of teaching cadre doctors at emergency departments in any shift has ever been issued. "The government has only directed that teaching cadre doctors would supervise the work in emergency departments in the three shifts and this is what they are doing," he claimed.

To a query, he said that expecting physical presence of Professors, Associate Professors or Assistant Professors at the emergency departments makes no sense. "They are not trained for the purpose as they are specialists in their fields and are not supposed to be at emergency departments to give treatment to emergency patients," he added expressing annoyance. "Specialists doctors are not supposed to give treatment to a patient having pain in stomach," he further said.

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Sir Syed Institute of Leadership launched
Islamabad: Sir Syed Institute of Leadership (SSIL) had been launched at Sir Syed Memorial Society Complex Islamabad here on Wednesday evening.

The inaugural session was attended by intellectual, academicians, youth and citizens from different walks of life in a big number. Former Foreign Minister Lieutenant-General (r) Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan was the chief guest, while Brigadier (r) Iqbal Shafi, President, of SSMS was in the chair.

SSIL will adopt a two-pronged strategy of focusing on the youth, which constitute more than 50% of our population, and the teachers in character building.Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik stressed the need for blending engineering education with education in philosophy, humanities, social sciences and fine arts as a holistic solution to cater for the hearts and minds of the youth. He said that Muslims should excel in science and technology while remaining steadfast Muslims.

The chief guest Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan citing a German maxim that 'Knowledge is sword and the character is its hilt' said that sword without hilt is dangerous.Safeer Ahmad Khan, motivational expert, said that our education system in governmental sector in particular was a legacy of colonial era. He stressed the need for educating oneself from within. Dr Shoab A Khan referred to the marvels achieved by our youth in the field of engineering and technology at Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering (CSAE) and Centre for Advance Research in Engineering (CARE), the two institutions working in the premises of Syed Memorial Complex.

Earlier, Brigadier Iqbal Shafi highlighted silent features of SSIL while Wali Muhammad, the project manager, gave a detailed presentation of SSIL objectives, thematic and organisational structural along with the pilot project of Youth Character Based Leadership Network (YCBL) in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

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Hamdrad University welcomes new students
Islamabad: A welcome ceremony was held for the new intake of Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus at Mega Zone, F-9 Park, says a press release issued here Wednesday.

Addressing the new students Hamdard University Director General Dr. Masud A Malik said that irrespective of the institution in which you have read, key of success is to follow your teachers and move forward for a prosperous future.

While welcoming the students Hamdard University Director Administration Colonel Mushtaq A Qureshi conveyed the message of founder chancellor Hakim Muhammad Saeed Shaheed in which Hakim Sahib showed his firm belief in youth and considered them the future of Pakistan.

Students from faculties Engineering Sciences, Management sciences D. Pharm attended the ceremony and appreciated his welcome party as a first step to enhance confidence and spirit between students and teachers.

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Intel awards ceremony put off
Islamabad: Intel Pakistan Corporation in has postponed Intel Education Awards Ceremony 2008-2009 scheduled to be held on December 10 in collaboration with Intel Education Initiative and Ministry of Education, due to certain unavoidable circumstances. The new dates for the said event will be announced soon.

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Students donate for ailing minor
Rawalpindi: The junior section students of the City School, Satellite Town, have donated Rs8,500 for the treatment of two-year-old Sumaira, who is suffering from a serious illness. Students started collecting money after they read a news item about the illness of Sumaira Aziz.

All students have donated the amount from their pocket money. Little Sumaira Aziz requires financial assistance for two brain surgeries recommended by doctors for her treatment. Aziz-ur-Rehman, father of the little girl, can be contacted on telephone number 0346-5938260.

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Role of teachers
Islamabad: Speakers at a seminar Wednesday urged teachers and parents for creating awareness among youth to respect human rights and play their due role for universal peace and stability.

The seminar was organised on the eve of the International Human Rights Day by a development organisation, Global Peace Pioneers (GPP), which aimed at understanding human rights in the context of Pakistani culture and constitution.

In her opening remarks, Hina Iqbal, Chairperson GPP, said teachers and parents have a crucial role to play, therefore, they should produce a generation of peace defenders. She said Allama Muhammad Iqbal, in his poetry had inspired the people for preference of mutual respect, human rights and justice over other practices.

"In the contemporary era, we live in a global village, so it is our responsibility to safeguard the human rights of every citizen around the globe," she added. Hina said this year, the Human Rights Day is of special significance, as it marks the beginning of the 61st anniversary celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The news

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