LAHORE - The World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized on medical curriculum in Pakistan that must be tailor-made, while keeping in view the changing health needs and it is not appropriate to have same curricula for last 30 years. This was stated by Regional Director of WHO and former Saudi health minister Dr Hussain A Gezairy during a workshop on Public Health in Medical Education - Working with Grassroots, here at University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday. The workshop was organised by WHO in collaboration with UHS and Institute of Public Health (IPH) Lahore. WHO representative in Pakistan Dr Khalif Bile Mohamud, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik H Mubbashar, principals and senior faculty members of affiliated medical colleges were present on the occasion. Dr Gezairy highlighted the importance of applied research for the eradication of diseases, including polio and hepatitis, in Pakistan. He also stressed upon the need of finding simple, but not necessarily latest, solutions for the health problems of the communities. Our goal should be to make Pakistan free of diseases and for this we need simple solutions. By ensuring the provision of safe drinking water, promoting healthy life style and good eating habits, and banning smoking including Shisha, we can protect, preserve and promote public health, he said. He further said that impact of medical education could be gauged from the health indicators such as infant mortality and maternal mortality rates. He said vaccines were available in Pakistan to prevent eight diseases but there was a need to strengthen the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar said that community based medical education could create more appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Dean Institute of Public Health (IPH) Lahore, Prof Shakila Zaman said that there was a need for a regulatory body for public health education in the country. She also stressed the need for linking public health to communities.