PAMI Objectives and Condition of Healthcare Sector in Pakistan

The medical field is an extremely pursued after and valued profession in all nations of the world. The need for improvement in the health sector was felt when the Covid-19 Pandemic spread all over the world. Countries around the world have failed to deal with the Pandemic and health sector became a priority for every country. Pakistan has taken the best possible steps in this regard and has taken necessary decisions to prevent the spread of this pandemic. The people also decided to stay at home instead of going to hospitals. There is a perception that hospitals are not safe, people consider it appropriate to quarantine inside their homes. The medical field in Pakistan is in a miserable condition. The civilized countries and societies of the world get stature in the world because of their good governance and their perfect healthcare system”. Unfortunately, we are suffering from the worst condition in this sector, there is no hope for their recovery at this time. The poor management structure of hospitals, the old system of medical education and the shortage of doctors have put the lives of the people at stake.

The number of public medical colleges and institutions is far below the mandatory percentage. Looking at the shortage of doctors and the infrastructure of hospitals, private hospitals and medical colleges have provided a lot of support to the public health sector. It is seen that private educational centers are providing a better environment for medical students with a lot of capital so that they can go ahead in the field of research and medicine. In Pakistan, the health sector, which was at its worst, began to yield positive results. As private educational institutions began to improve in the field of medical sciences and move forward by adopting innovations contrary to the traditional education system, state institutions began to create obstacles in their way. Instead of adapting the curriculum to modern requirements, they turned their attention to private educational institutions so that these institutes could devote all their abilities to solving these problems instead of teaching.

To deal with this whole situation, Pakistan needed a platform consisting of philanthropists. The health sector is very complex for which people with a sense of patriotism and understanding of dealing with difficulties are conducive to improvement in this sector. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman Chaudhry brought together the personalities who fulfilled all these conditions and raised the voice of educational revolution from the platform of Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions (PAMI). PAMI is a representative body of Pakistan’s 196 medical and dental colleges, which aims to address issues facing medical education and private medical colleges on an emergency basis, address the shortage of doctors at the national level, and replace 30- to 40-year-old syllabus with modern requirements. Synchronization involves changing the failed Central Admission Policy and resolving existing issues regarding PMC. PAMI’s first priority is to update the medical syllabus in Pakistan, as the curriculum is currently 30 to 40 years old. In these forty years, thousands of researches are being done on a daily basis all over the world. It is very important to make it a part of the curriculum. PAMI’s second major goal is to increase national and international collaboration so that scholars working in international institutions can come to Pakistan and teach qualified doctors and share the experience of foreign institutions, as well as Oxford and Howard graduate teachers working in Pakistan can visit other institutions and share their experiences with each other. PAMI‘s third goal is to promote a research culture as it is currently the world’s largest investment in research. Scientists are working to make surgical instruments and diagnostic procedures more efficient, Pakistan lags far behind in this area. PAMI’s fourth goal is to improve healthcare in Pakistan. Only by providing a conducive work environment for doctors, nurses and paramedics can the sector improve. The training equipment in medical colleges must be digital. There is a need to get rid of manuals and old tools now and this is only possible if research opportunities are provided with education and make research as easy and fun as possible by providing facilities to the students instead of making them suffer from stress. PAMI officials have vowed to pursue all these goals so that Pakistan can move forward in the field of research.

We do not have a strategy to deal with any outbreak or disaster in the country. PAMI President Prof. Dr. Chaudhry Abdul Rehman said that he is ready to share the entire formula with the government in this regard. No attention is being paid by the government to healthcare. According to the UN resolution, the expenditure on healthcare should be at least 7% while the expenditure is being reduced to less than 1%, there should be one doctor for every one thousand patients, but here sometimes we don’t even have a doctor for 25 patients, there are 160,000 registered practitioners, many of them have died, some have gone abroad, while women doctors do not practice at all. In addition, we have only one lakh registered practitioners. While according to the World Bank, Pakistan’s population has now reached 24 crores, which means that there is a shortage of two to three lakh doctors. If hundred private Medical Colleges are opened more, this shortage will still not be met. Pakistani doctors are going abroad to perform their services and sending a lot of foreign exchange to Pakistan. If the country’s education system does not improve, then the it’ll be increasing tendency of children to go abroad for education, where there are a lot of unaffiliated educational institutions. The money of the parents and the future of the children is at stake but the government’s priorities are different. PAMI’s objective is to make Pakistan able to play a positive role in the formation of a healthy and educated society.

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