PHEC for updating skills of health professionals
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.