LAHORE - Speakers at a seminar have stressed the government to pay more attention towards prevention and devise good referral system to decrease burden on teaching hospitals.

Speaking at seminar on ‘new interventions for improvement in public health and policy making’ was organised at Institute of Public Health on Thursday, they said that there was need of behavioral change for access of Lady Health Workers to every household. Medical experts Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry (Bangladesh) and Dr Jeffry S Hammer (UK) delivered lectures. Dean IPH Prof Muaz Ahmed, Dr Shahid Malik, Prof Farkhanda Kokab, Dr Zarfishan Tahir and large number of doctors attended the seminar.

Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry talked about new interventions for the prevention of diseases and healthcare of pregnant women and children. He said that a healthy lifestyle needs a good public health system.

He said that in Bangladesh lady health workers visit small villages in very remote areas on bicycle. He said that proper training of traditional birth attendants could help reducing mortality rate of mothers and infants.

Dr Jeffery S Hamers said that government should spent tax payers money on provision of facilities to the people. Giving the example of his experiences in India, he said that doctors do not pay attention on the patients and disappointed from the attitude of public sector doctors, patients go to the private doctor where they get treatment at a very high cost. He urged that government should pay more attention on the improvement of primary healthcare.

Dr. Jeffery further said that when a qualified doctor did not pay proper attention to the patients the difference between a doctor and a quack diminished. He said that there should be a system to check the doctors so that proper healthcare could be provided to the people.

YDA to protest against docs’ termination



The Punjab Young Doctors Association has decided to launch protest against termination of 1,100 doctors recently selected through Punjab Public Service Commission.

The health department has recruited about 2,800 medical officers/women medical officers through PPSC and terminated those who failed to submit affidavit regarding not marrying foreign national and not applying for any post graduation program.

Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Thursday, PPSC selected Dr Ejaz Rai, Dr Saqib, Dr Adil, Dr Saira and others said that they would participate in the protest starting from March 25. They also announced to file a contempt of court petition with the Lahore High Court, saying Secretary Health terminated 1,100 doctors in violation of court orders.

They said that these doctors have completed half of their post graduate training and it was unfortunate that the government was hindering completion of higher education. They requested the chief minister to intervene and resolve the issue in larger interests of patients.