KARACHI - Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) President Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood has suggested for optimum allocation of resources to promote public health management in the country.

Appreciating the establishment of School for Public Health at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), he said the country was in dire need of trained manpower in public health which continues to be a neglected field.

Public health is an important aspect of healthcare services and with the exception of our country is highly emphasised in other developing countries, he regretted.

PMDC chief reiterated that more resources and more manpower must be allocated in the sector of public health, with major emphasis on education, training and research.

He appreciated that DUHS has taken a step in the right direction to provide a solution to the emerging health needs in the current scenario. 

Dr Raja said that it was a pleasure to see that Dow University has become the center of excellence in Pakistan and the region for education, research and service in the field of public health.

Establishing a School of Public Health at DUHS is a land mark step in Health Care Delivery system in the country where it is presently curative and hospital oriented in nature.

DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan further said that considering the importance of community health, Dow University since its inception has been focused on providing cost effective healthcare services for the betterment of society’s health.

The mission of SPH is to produce public health professionals who shall be self directed, lifelong learners employing evidence-based decision making approach. 

The graduates shall be critical thinkers equipped with the knowledge attitude and skills to address the public health problems at policy formulation, programme implementation, programme monitoring and evaluation with an emphasis on research. 

This shall be achieved through state of the art innovative educational strategies involving variety of learning and teaching methods including use of advanced educational electronic technologies

Dr Sabeena Jalal, Assistant Professor of School of Public Health, DUHS said that SPH has been established to offer programme in six different disciplines covering a wide range of areas. The courses offered at SPH are Masters in Public Health (MPH), Masters in Bio-statistics and Epidemiology (MSBE), MPhil in Health Education, Masters in Health Policy Management (MHPM), Masters in Nutritional Sciences (MSNS) and Masters of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences (MSPH-SBS). 

Students having 16 years of education in MBBS or Allied Health Science can opt for any specialty either a Masters or MPhil degree.

Meanwhile, the students of Karachi High School excelled in the Cambridge International Examinations.

An official of the school said here on Saturday that the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced the names of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for Pakistan and that two students- Sharjeel Sabeeh and Muhammad Ismail of Karachi High School (KHS) were declared ‘Top in Karachi’.

Over 260 students from across Pakistan will receive awards for exceptional performance in the IGCSE Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations that were held in June 2012. Thirty-five Pakistani students successfully managed to get the highest marks in the world, while 46 attained the highest marks in Pakistan in a single subject.