PMA terms healthcare budget insufficient

Karachi: Pakistan Medical Association PMA has termed the recently passed federal and provincial healthcare budgets insufficient and demanded allocation for more resources for this neglected sector.

As per details, a Central Council Meeting of Pakistan Medical Association Centre was held in Karachi and chaired by the President of PMA Centre, Member of National Assembly MNA Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon and attended by Dr. Mirza Ali Azhar, Secretary General PMA Centre, Dr. S.M. Qaisar Sajjad, Treasurer PMA Centre, Dr. Shahid Malik, Joint Secretary PMA Centre, Dr. Ashraf Nizami, President PMA Punjab, Dr. Saeed Memon, President PMA Sindh, Dr. M. Idrees Adhi, President PMA Karachi, Dr. Qazi M. Wasiq, General Secretary PMA Karachi, Dr. Izhar Chaudhry, General Secretary PMA Lahore, Dr. Shabbir Lehri, from Quetta and a large number of Central Councillors from Karachi and across the country.

In this meeting the national budget proposals were discussed in detail and criticized by the participants. The meeting was of the view that the increase in the budget is not rationalized.

The meeting showed deep concern about the outbreak of measles in Punjab. It was noticed that the budget is on development side. It was also discussed that how can be improve availability of medicines, strengthening the existing system, minimizing the political interference and developing the human resource.

The meeting termed the present situation in the country as the defining moment and offered its expertise and experience to the central and provincial governments. It said the PMA is willing to help these governments to formulate implementable patient friendly health policies.

In this connection the President of PMA Centre, MNA Dr. Azhar Jadoon took the responsibility to get an appointment with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif as earliest and a high level delegate of PMA to meet the Prime Minister and discuss with him the health related issues in the country and their solutions.

The meeting also resolved that our health policies should be on preventive sides rather than the curative. The meeting also resolved the budget allocation should be spent with care and with transparency. The meeting also discussed at length the issue of PMDC and deteriorating standards of Medical Education in the country.

This meeting resolved that the PMDC should be free from the influence of the vested interest group, act like a real regulatory body to look after issues of Medical Education in the country. PMDC should also check the mushroom growth of Medical Colleges and Universities in the country. It should ensure merit and transparency.

The meeting demanded to Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the proposed evening classes in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University at Larkana, saying these evening classes are by no means acceptable to PMA.