In brief

Young doctors urged to focus on research

Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab has called upon young doctors to focus on research training to keep their knowledge up to date. Addressing fourth Intensive Review Course on Orthopedics at Lahore General Hospital on Monday, he said that such events help young doctors benefit from the experience of seniors. FCPS and MS students attended the event. Prof Irfan Mahbood, Prof MA Waajid and Prof Faisal Nazeer delivered lectures on different topics of Orthopedics. Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab urged doctors to improve qualification and equip themselves with the innovations happening in the world. Speakers delivered lectures on management of complex nonunion (Gap and Infective Nonunion), spinal surgery and hip arthroplasty. –Staff Reporter

Good news for dengue staff

Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh Salman Rafiq has said that the government has decided to regularize all contract employees of dengue squad. Addressing concluding ceremony of Health Convention at Alhamra on Monday, he said that establishment of new universities and colleges was a step aimed at5 increasing facilities for post-graduation. DC Lahore Sumair Ahmad Syed, CEO Health Dr Yaddullah, officers of the health department, student and member of civil society attended the convention. Kh Salman Rafiq has said that both the health departments were working day and night to improve service delivery. Special children performed tableaus on health issues. –Staff Reporter

PHC closes down 40 illegal centres

The Punjab Healthcare Commission has closed down 40 illegal treatment centres in district Muzaffargarh, and initiated further proceedings against them. According to a press release issued here on Monday, two teams of the PHC visited 115 healthcare establishments of the Muzaffargarh district, and allowed 75 to keep on providing healthcare services. However, these were directed to get licenses from the PHC. The remaining 40 were closed down for being fake treatment centres since these were being run by quacks. The sealed centres had maximum number quacks who were posing themselves to be general physicians, while the rest sealed centres included six hakeems, five medical stores, two each homeopathic centre and laboratory, and one each dentist and bone-setter. The sealed businesses were unlawfully working as dental clinics, laboratories and allopathic clinics, and were unqualified to render any kind of medical services. The spokesperson of the PHC has said the Commission would be continuing its anti-quackery campaign across the province, and its teams would be visiting all the districts and tehsils to end quackery in all manifestations. –Staff Reporter

Winter vacation notified

The Punjab government has announced winter vacation for educational institutions from December 24. Institutions will remain closed from December 24in Punjab, the government said Monday. Also, the government posted former secretary of Literacy Department Dr Naveed Iqbal as Board of Revenue Member Judicial against a vacant post. Meanwhile, Romanian Ambassador Nicolae Goia visited University of Management and Technology (UMT) and talked about bilateral relations. He highlighted his country’s contribution to Pakistan’s education sector. –Staff Reporter

Notice issued on plea against Nawaz

The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the federal government on an application seeking contempt proceedings against Nawaz Sharif over his alleged anti-judiciary speech. Justice Shahid Karim was hearing the civil miscellaneous application moved by local lawyer Azhar Siddique. The petitioner said that Nawaz Sharif recently in his speech in Hazara attacked the judiciary and criticised it. He said that he had continuously been using contemptuous language against the judiciary. Therefore, he pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Nawaz Sharif. After hearing arguments of the petitioner, the court issued notices to the respondents. In another petition seeking transparency in Orange Line Metro Train Project, the LHC issued notices to the government. The petition says that over 200 billion rupees had been spent on Orange Line Metro Train Project but the government had been misleading the court about the actual cost. He pleaded the court to provide all record including cost of the project before the court. The hearing adjourned till the first week of January, 2018. –Staff Reporter

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