The progress made in KP is Impressive: Dr Arif Alvi

President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the progress made in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in human resources, especially in the field of health, is exemplary for other provinces as well. He expressed these views while addressing a function on the occasion of 15 years performance and services of Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar as the chief guest while Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Provincial Minister for Health and Finance Timur Saleem Jhagra and Vice Chancellor's KMU Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq and Registrar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Gandapur besides the three former Vice Chancellors of the University, deans, heads of various institutions, faculty, administrative staff and a large number of students were also present.

President Dr. Arif Alvi said that doctors should serve the community in the spirit of human compassion.  He said that Pakistan needs highly educated and skilled human resource, we should use our educated and skilled human resources within the country, so once our own domestic needs are met there is no harm to send these resources abroad. He said that medicine is a dignified and sacred profession and to make it a mere source of income is an insult and an injustice to the profession. 

The President said that a vast repository of education and knowledge is available on online platforms but there is a need to utilize it for which we have to take steps on an urgent basis. In developed and even some developing countries, the best teaching and medical services are being provided through tele-education and tele-medicine, he added. He said that we should focus more on timely prevention of diseases than treatment, adding that adopting disease prevention strategies in developing countries like Pakistan could yield very useful and far-reaching results which will not only reduce the burden on the health sector but it can also save national resources.

Dr. Arif Alvi said that newborns of Pakistan are suffering from malnutrition and mental and physical weakness which to overcome we have to focus on providing natural needs of breast feeding and balance diet instead of canned milk. He said that Pakistan needs nine lakh nurses and paramedics at a time when their current number is only 25,000 so it is expected that KMU is playing a pivotal role in the training of nurses and paramedics to the extent of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

The President said that the mortality rate of diseases could be significantly reduced by adopting modern resources and technology along with proper training of human resources according to our need. He said that for change in the modern age, a massive mindset is needed to change attitudes in every field. 

Earlier, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman also addressed the function. Apart from planting a sapling, the academic block was also inaugurated by the President and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq briefed him about the performance and services of the university for the last 15 years.