Doctor-patient ratio of 1:1000 in Pakistan
ABBOTTABAD: The participants of a seminar were told on Saturday that Pakistan was still short of doctors as there was only one doctor for 1,000 people.
“Despite increase in number of medial colleges, Pakistan is still facing shortage of doctors,” said Prof Dr A J Khan, who is founding-principal of Ayub Medical College, Bolan Medical College in Quetta and Frontier Medical College.
The seminar was arranged in connection with golden jubilee celebrations of the college at the Ayub Medical Complex Auditorium, which was attended by a large number of doctors and professors from various parts of the country.
The speakers said the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) was catering to the needs of 85 percent doctors of the country by providing them specialised education.
Prominent among speakers were Prof Shoaib Shafi, vice-president CPSP, Prof Hafeezullah, vice-chancellor Khyber Medical University, Dr Ziaur Rehman, chief executive Ayub Medical Complex, Dr Abdur Rasheed, principal Ayub Medical College, Dr Jehangir Khan, regional director CPSP, Prof Gondal, Dr Abdur Rab, Dr Akbar, Major-General Salman Ali and Prof Rizwana Chaudhry also delivered lectures on health related topics.
A large number of doctors and professors from all over the country attended the seminar and other activities at the regional centre of the CPSP.
Tributes were paid to Prof Dr AJ Khan, founding principal of the Ayub Medical College, Bolan Medical College, Quetta and Frontier Medical College.
Dr Suleman Ali presented a bleak picture of mortality rate among children throughout the country and said at least 11 million kids died before reaching the age of five years. He said 99 percent of such death occurred in the middle-class.
Dr AJ Khan said that despite increase in number of medical colleges, Pakistan still lacked doctors and currently there was one doctor for 1,000 people while this ratio should be 200 for 1000.
CPSP regional director Dr Jehangir said that currently more than 350 doctors were enrolled and doing their post-graduation at the college. He said efforts were underway to link the Abbottabad centre of the CPSP with British and other international universities and colleges via teleconferencing.
On the occasion, a documentary about the CPSP was also played while prominent guests and speakers were given souvenirs.
Courtesy The News