LAHORE - Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana yesterday urged doctors to serve the ailing humanity with dedication to further strengthen the foundation of a healthy Pakistan.

Addressing the 50th Convocation of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) as chief guest at a local hotel yesterday, he also barred doctors from the actions bringing bad name to their profession and the country.

He along with CPSP President Prof Zafarullah Ch and Senior Vice President Prof Khalid Masood Gondal awarded 608 fellowships and 92 membership degrees at the convocation. Six doctors got gold medals for distinction in different specialties. Large number of doctors from across the country and abroad participated in the convocation. Among others, the medical experts from UK, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other countries participated in the event.

Rafiq Rajwana said that the government was taking steps to resolve issues in healthcare service delivery.

“People deserve quality healthcare facilities. Demands of medical community should not hinder provision of healthcare facilities to people”, he said. He was all praise for the CPSP for contribution in higher medical education in the country.

Prof Zafarullah Ch said that the institution was imparting quality medical education. He said that fellows and members were the real asset of CPSP and the country. He said that third batch of doctors getting training in Ireland would return and serve the ailing humanity.

Prof Khalid Masood Gondal said that CPSP has so far awarded 25000 fellowships in 74 specialties and more than 10,000 memberships in 20 specialties. He administered oath to the fellows and members to serve the ailing humanity with dedication.

Speaking at a lunch in the Governor's House in honour of trainees National Security and War Course at National Defence University, Rajwana said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would not only benefit Pakistan but other countries as well.

According to APP news agency, he said proper implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) had resulted in establishment of peaceful atmosphere and also helped in yielding positive results in different sectors. He said the incumbent government was utilising all resources to deal with the challenges.

Rafique Rajwana said hefty funds had been allocated for solving different problems and to provide better living facilities to the people and added that mega projects had been started to bring the people of south Punjab at par with the other areas.

He said the best Kisan Relief Package had been announced for farmers and now fertilizers, seeds and pesticides were available to farmers at low prices.

He said such unprecedented steps would not only yield positive results in agriculture sector but also increase the industrial activity.

The governor asked the armed forces officers of other countries to highlight real image of Pakistan in their country on their return, and also tell their people that Pakistan is a peaceful country.