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President advises Government to consider upgrading Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences

Islamabad, November 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has advised the Government to consider upgrading Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad (PIMS) to a medical university for the purpose of imparting quality medical education, better patient care, encouraging and arranging extensive research and publication in the field of medical sciences and awarding medical degrees.

During a briefing on the up gradation of PIMS held at Aiwan-e-Sadr today, the President said that the Government was cognizant of paucity of research institution in the field of medical sciences and up-gradation of PIMS to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) would greatly help meeting the requirement of a state-of-the-art medical university in the capital to cater to the needs of people of the area.

Those who were present during the briefing included among others Mr. Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Minister for CADD, Finance Minister Senator Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Secretary General to the President Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, Dr. Javed R. Leghari, Chairman HEC, Secretary to the President Malik Asif Hayat, Federal Secretaries of the concerned divisions and other senior officials.

Mr. Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Minister for CADD, while briefing the meeting about the proposed project said that PIMS Islamabad, established in 1985, was providing tertiary level patient care and serving as referral centre. He informed that the Institute was also conducting teaching and training of doctors in various disciplines of medical sciences. It is also providing training to the nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals, the Minister said.

The meeting was informed that at present, PIMS is providing specialist training in 28 disciplines of medicine, surgery and dentistry. Presently 550 residents doctors are under training at this institute. It is also providing post graduate training to the nurses and basic nursing education. The institute is also providing structured training for paramedics in various disciplines, the meeting was informed.

Giving details of the proposed project, the Minister said that proposed constituent institutions of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) would be Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Federal Medical and Dental College, College of Nursing, School of Nursing and the College of Medical Technology.

The proposed attached / affiliated institutions of SZABMU would be Health Services Academy, Pakistan Medical Research Council, National Institute of Health and HEPRN. Federal Government Poly Clinic, National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, FGH, CDA Hospital, Satellite hospitals, RHCs and BHUs of ICT and all dispensaries of ICT have been proposed to be the attached hospitals of SZABMU.

The Minister also gave a detailed briefing on the estimated expenditures to be incurred on the project including short, medium and the long term expenses.

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