LAHORE - Condemning killing of Head of Cardiology PIMS Prof Shahid, General Cadre Doctors Association (GCDA) has demanded the government to increase the security of healthcare providers.

Addressing a hurriedly called meeting of doctors on Sunday, GCDA President Dr Masood Sheikh said that the PIMS incidence was followed by threat to the doctors of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Lahore. Dr Afaq Ahmed gave the news of death of a patient at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital to his attendants who gave life threats. They even extended these threats to his family members.

Dr Asad Abbas Shah added that it was a pity that the Medical Superintendent did not even bother to call Dr Afaq. He said that such attitude of the MS was beyond understanding. He urged the government to ensure adequate security measures at hospitals, especially at emergency. He added that such threats have caused serious concerns in doctor’s community, and they were finding it difficult to work under these circumstances. Dr MAshraf said that for the last few years, the doctors have been easy targets and now it was time to give them proper security.

PGMI symposium on 18th

ostgraduate Medical Institute and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College will organise annual symposium February 18, 19.  This symposium is a regular yearly scientific activity where every department presents its research work. Two day scientific activity comprises of four sessions. Head of Pediatrics Department Prof Agha Shabbir Ali, who is chairman of scientific programme, informed that in addition to research papers 12 hands on workshops by clinical and basic departments of PGMI and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College would be part of this symposium.

Four lectures by senior medical teachers will be presented in each session. Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq will be chief guest of concluding ceremony.

Anti-polio drive to start today



Three-day national immunization (anti-polio) campaign will be launched in Punjab from Monday (today). Health Department has constituted 40,000 teams to administer polio drops to over 18 million children of up to 5 years of age.

Special teams appointed on transactional points like bus terminals, Railway Stations, Motorways and Airport will administer polio drops to travelling children.

Schools refrained from corporal punishment



Punjab Education Foundation has warned the schools partnering under foundation assisted school program to refrain from indulging in any act of corporal punishment. PEF also advised partners not to charge any money from the students.

A notification issued by PEF Director says that not more than one chance would be given to schools and any repetition would lead to cancellation of partnership agreement.

Meanwhile, 15th quality assurance test will be held in Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Okara, Sahiwal, Khanewal, Chiniot and Chakwal districts on Monday. 166 partner schools will take part in the test.