International Symposium on family medicine begins at DUHS.

KARACHI -- Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohammad Saeed Quraishy said that the number of doctors in the field of family medicine is insufficient.

As a developing country, we face a lot of challenges; the provision of quality healthcare is among the top ones. With the establishment of family medicine department, Dow University has managed to take its name to the underprivileged slums of the city for providing quality healthcare. He said as the Chief Guest of First Family Medicine Symposium held at Arag Auditorium, Dow Medical College.

The symposium was also addressed by the Dr. Riaz Qureshi, Director of Family Medicine department, Aga Khan University, Dr. Janet Healey from United Kingdom, Dr. Anum Arshad Baig, Dr. Fatima Jahangir, Dr. Faisal Ahmed, Dr. Sidrah Kanwal, Dr. Fareeda Ameen, Dr. Ayesha Faisal, Dr. Wajiha and Dr. Tayyaba Kanwal.

Dr. Mohammad Saeed Quraishy further said that the provision of basic healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of our masses has opened up a new era of quality healthcare system. Not only providing consultation by specialized doctors but the university is also providing all medication and tests free of cost. Provision of basic healthcare units, under the umbrella of public private partnership goes on to show what we as a nation are capable of. He added that as a medical superintendent, he stabilized the department of family medicine at Civil Hospital. A delegate team, from Japan, visiting the hospital that time also appreciated his efforts.

Dr. Riaz Qureshi, Director of Family Medicine department, Aga Khan University, said regarding the evolution of Family Medicine Department that it is an integral part of the healthcare system. The healthcare sector of Pakistan has been suffering from primary issues. There are insufficient doctors in this field as most of them go abroad. He further said that general practitioners of...

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