PHEC for up­dat­ing skills of health pro­fes­sion­als

Pakistan Observer - - LAHORE CITY -

SALIM AHMED LA­HORE—“It is im­por­tant to in­vest in the train­ing of lo­cal health pro­fes­sion­als and con­stantly up­date their skills so that they are ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the health chal­lenges faced by Pak­istan”.

Ad­dress­ing a cer­tifi­cate dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony at the Univer­sity of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tues­day, Pun­jab Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (PHEC) Chair­man Prof. Dr. Mo­ham­mad Niza­mud­din said that Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion was a strand of medicine that fo­cused on these very ar­eas – pro­vid­ing train­ing and con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to health prac­ti­tion­ers.

He added that any project that aimed to strengthen the lo­cal med­i­cal pro­fes­sion had the po­ten­tial to af­fect mil­lions.

He said that the cer­tifi­cate course in med­i­cal teach­ing, launched by the UHS un­der the In­ter­na­tional Strate­gic Part­ner­ship in Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion (IN­SPIRE) project spon­sored by the Bri­tish Coun­cil, can be ground break­ing in terms of the pos­i­tive changes it brings about in the health in­dus­try and the de­liv­ery of qual­ity ser­vice.

Bri­tish Coun­cil’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ha­jra Khan, said that so far, around 27 UK uni­ver­si­ties had for­mal part­ner­ships or long-term agree­ments with higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions of Pun­jab.

As many as 56 pro­grammes are run­ning in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion. He fur­ther said that re­search and tech­nol­ogy was on the top of Bri­tish Coun­cil’s agenda.

As to­tal of 50 suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pants of fourth batch of Cer­tifi­cate in Med­i­cal Teach­ing (CMT) pro­gramme were awarded cer­tifi­cates in the cer­e­mony.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tors from the Univer­sity of Liver­pool, UK, trained par­tic­i­pants in the course which were se­lected from var­i­ous pub­lic and pri­vate med­i­cal col­leges of the Pun­jab.

UHS Vice-Chan­cel­lor Maj-Gen Prof Muham­mad As­lam (re­tired) said the univer­sity is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Univer­sity of Liver­pool un­der the IN­SPIRE ban­ner to de­velop an in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able project aimed to in­crease ef­fi­ciency, en­hance re­search and se­cure fund­ing for health projects.

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