President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed the formulation of an effective strategy to benefit from the valuable human resource of doctors in the country by promoting preventive medical treatment over the conventional curative method.
Addressing at the convocation of Muzaffarabad Medical College today(Thursday), he said doctors and health practitioners could play an important role in addressing several neglected areas of healthcare where raising awareness could make a difference.
Dr Alvi highlighted the challenges of over-population, malnutrition of women, stunted growth of children, and obesity, and emphasized the active participation of doctors to guide people on preventive measures.
He expressed concern that the country’s around 10 percent population is suffering from Hepatitis with an estimated cost of 3 billion dollar to be incurred on treatment. He said that through preventive steps, , the number of patients could be significantly reduced.
He suggested promoting the concept of telemedicine and the medical consultation through Zoom to ensure continuity of women doctors in their profession, who generally leave jobs to fulfill domestic responsibilities.
The President urged the medical graduates to keep alive the passion of humanity and compassion while pursuing their careers as doctors. He emphasized the importance of good character-building of youth besides their formal professional education.
He said Pakistan would always extend its support to Kashmiris and had been persistently reminding the world regarding the unfulfilled promise made with the people of Kashmir. He mentioned that Pakistan at the recent meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation also highlighted the plight of Kashmiris in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.