PESHAWAR - Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engineer Shaukatullah, has said that institutions of medical education play great role in development of healthcare system and keeping in view the contribution of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, in this regard, it deserves to be further developed.

Addressing the 7th convocation of the college at its premises in Abbottabad on Monday, the governor congratulated the successful graduates and their parents.  The Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Prof Dr Hafeezullah, also spoke on this occasion while the Principal of the college, Prof Dr Shahid Sultan, presented the welcome address. Amongst the graduates of six academic sessions, right from 2003-2005 to 2008-2011 of bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery as well as bachelor of dental surgery, more than 70 were honoured with gold medals.

Responding to the demands put forward by the principal while presenting the welcome address, the governor said, "Let me assure that every possible step will be taken to meet the requirements of the institution both in respect of its infrastructure and academic development."

The governor while stressing the need to improve the state of responsiveness at the health institutions also reminded the health professionals that it means the state of satisfaction with regard to health care services; the state of cleanliness, sanitation etc at the health institutions and the behaviour of medical and other staff in dealing with patients and their relatives, he added, is probably the biggest determinant in this respect.

Pointing towards graduates, the governor said that it is now their duty to serve the humanity and in doing so they will need to excel further in their careers.  Simultaneously, he added, they also have every right to further their professional careers and strive for worldly gains too but in such pursuits, he added, they should not forget the oath they have taken at the time of convocation.

The principal earlier welcoming the governor pointed out that their institution is one of the best both at the provincial and national level. The research journal of the college, he said, is internationally acknowledged and the research findings of the faculty and the institutions are published regularly.

 The thousands of graduates of the college have been serving the humanity both within the country and abroad and their achievements in the medical profession are also well acknowledged. Besides reconstruction of the earthquake-damaged infrastructure, he added, they are also struggling to meet the additional demands with regard to construction of hostels and convention centres.