Islamabad - Pakistan Association of Private Medical & Dental Institutes (PAMI) yesterday announced it would adopt all lawful measures to protect and safeguard interests of its member institutes, fulfilling prevailing PMDC standards.

However, the PAMI does not support any substandard medical or dental institution in the country, a spokesman of the association said in a statement issued here. He said a meeting of executive committee of PAMI was held here and discussed outcome of meeting called by management committee of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) with vice chancellors, principals, deans and representatives of private medical & dental institutes. The meeting also decided to hold general body meeting of PAMI on October 12 (Monday) at Islamabad.

The spokesman said the meeting took into account the tremendous contributions of private medical & dental institutes in providing healthcare to people at places which were not facilitated by public sector health providers. The private medical & dental institutes also trained thousands of medical and dental graduates both at under and postgraduate level. The training being provided at these institutions is at par with international standards.

These graduates are serving at national and international level, the spokesman said and added that private medical & dental institutes have conducted research which was published widely at international level as well.