President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the importance of preventive measures to reduce the burden and risks of diseases in the country and said that Pakistan’s health sector is not capable of meeting the needs of more than 220 million people. In this context, it is important to pay attention to the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The President expressed these views while talking to the students of Azad Jammu Kashmir Medical College Muzaffarabad (AJKMC) who met the President at the President’s House on Wednesday.
Welcoming the students, the President said that the World is changing very fast and the medical education system of the country needs to adapt to the changing conditions by focusing on improving the technical skills of the students.
He further said that students should improve their IT skills as IT will be widely used in every profession of life in the shape of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. Medical students must know the ChatGPT techniques for the research.
The President further said that the profession of nursing is of great importance and scope and the country needs to increase the number of nursing and paramedical staff.
He said that Pakistan is facing a shortage of nurses as it needs 9 lakh nurses while currently only 2 lakh nurses are working in the country which is unable to meet the health needs of the growing population in Pakistan.
Emphasizing the importance of education, the President said that development cannot be achieved without proper medical curriculum to improve their teaching, training and
AJKMC Principal Prof. Dr. Mulazim Hussain Bukhari thanked the President for inviting students at Aiwan-e-Sadr and informed him about the current activities of the College, among the faculty Prof. Zahid Azeem, Prof. Abid Karim, Prof. Fauzia Hameed, Dr. Hina Munir, Mr. Faisal Abbasi, Dr. Rabia & Ms. Anam Gardazi were also present.
AJKMC Principal Prof. Dr. Mulazim Hussain Bukhari briefed the President about the role of the college in imparting medical education to the students since its establishment in 2011.
He said that the students of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are also studying in the college.
He said that the college has donated about 20 million rupees for the people of the flood affected areas and 30 houses are also being constructed for the victims in Dadu district.
He said that the medical education system of the AJKMC has been developed keeping in view the current needs and it is an integrated curriculum spiral model.