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Dar for improving medical education to overcome healthcare challenges

Press Release

Tue. 25 June 2024

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ISLAMABAD: Presiding over the second meeting on medical education, Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar reiterated the government’s resolve to promote healthcare through comprehensive improvements in medical training and education.

The meeting aimed to prepare recommendations for advancing the healthcare sector was attended by key figures, including the National Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Health, the Minister for Law and Justice, MNA Dr. Nafeesa Shah, the health secretary, MPDC president, the Higher Education Commission chairman, CPSP president, additional foreign secretary (ME & SIFC), and heads of prominent public and private medical institutions, along with medical experts.

In his opening address, Dar highlighted the critical role of medical education in addressing the nation’s healthcare challenges. “Elevating our medical education standards is crucial for the health and well-being of our citizens. Our institutions must be empowered to provide top-tier education and training to our future medical professionals,” he said.

He emphasized the importance of nurturing a conducive environment for medical students to excel and contribute meaningfully to the healthcare sector. “Our government is committed to supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals and ensuring that they receive the best possible education and training,” said the deputy PM.

The main agenda of the meeting was to review the progress made since the initial meeting and discuss the recommendations of the sub-committee.

Dr. Malik Mukhtar Ahmad Bharath, Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Health, presented the sub-committee's recommendations.

Discussions focused on improving the quality of medical education in Pakistan, aligning education with international best practices, streamlining admissions to foreign medical colleges, and enhancing coordination between public and private sectors and regulatory bodies to ensure uniform quality of education.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 29, after which the report will be submitted to the prime minister.

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