KARACHI - Hepatitis has become a national health problem as around 7.7 percent of hepatitis cases are positive in Pakistan.

Alumni of Dow Graduates in North America (Class 1995) has announced to offer scholarships to medical graduates (MBBS/BDS) for pursuing MPhil and PhD research programme in molecular medicine.

Dr Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi (UoK) offered special internship programme for medical graduates and students.

Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, Director - International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), UoK, expressed these views while speaking at the certificate distributing ceremony of the 10th Summer Internship Program-2017 held here on Thursday. On the occasion, scientists from Dr Panjwani Center, including Associate Professor Dr Asmat Salim, Dr Shabana Usman Simjee and Dr Sadia Aijaz were also present.

Prof Iqbal Choudhary said that Pakistan was in dire need of having a research culture to understand diseases at the molecular level. We need to promote research culture among the medical graduates, he said and adding that Dr Masroor Ahmed of Methodist Hospital, North America had recently visited PCMD, and announced that the alumni of Dow graduates would issue scholarships to the medical graduates. The association between medial graduates and MPhil and PhD-level research is the need of the hour that will make us understand the concrete reasons lying behind the spread of various diseases.