President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said that the polio virus affected Pakistan owing to conflicts in the region and the international community should extend support to the country to cope with the disease.
Addressing the International Medical Conference here, the President said the medical education in Pakistan was at par with the international standards and involvement of private sector had helped
improve the situation.
However, he said it was unfortunate that far flung areas were yet deprived of the health facilities that required due attention.
There was also need to make the people aware about health care and hygiene and the government could not succeed without cooperation from the civil society and medical practitioners, he added.
Therefore, the President desired the medical institutions to sign agreements with the international research institutions and renowned universities to benefit from the experiences of the developed countries.
The President said the absence of health facilities in far flung areas was a chronic issue and the lack of doctors' interest to serve in those areas and lack of infrastructure there were among the
major reasons behind this.
He said the government was paying attention to the issue as various proposals were also under consideration and the people would get good news in that regard.
The President said the private sector should also fulfill its responsibilities to reform the system.
He observed that the bilateral relations of Pakistan and the United Kingdom in the field of medicine were decades old and Pakistani doctors were benefiting from the Royal College of Physicians.
Similarly, the founders of the Royal College also took advantage of the knowledge and research by Muslim scholars, doctors and medical experts, he added.
He said it was pleasing that the bilateral ties in the field of medicine were strengthening with the passage of time and Pakistani doctors preferred to get education from Royal College.
The President lauded the decision of Royal College to hold examination of the first and second part of the MRCP in Pakistan adding that the holding of Clinical examination here would also have positive impact.
Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Convener International Medical Conference Professor Akbar Chaudhry, Chief Organizer Professor Javed Akram and other prominent guests also attended the event.