Government plans to set up medical university in Capital

Government is planning to set up a Federal University of Medical Sciences at National Institute of Health Complex in Islamabad with a view to providing quality post-graduate medical education to medical and health care professionals, administrators and technologists. The proposal was mooted at a high level meeting chaired by Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission at the National Institute of Health.

The Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission who also visited different blocks and disciplines of NIH observed that apart from housing public health laboratories, the institute had also allocated land for the under construction Health Services Academy and Pakistan Nursing Council.

It also had on its campus a College of Medical technology, he said and added those institutions could be affiliated with the proposed Federal University of Medical Sciences, which would impart training not only in various medical disciplines, but also offer affiliation to the medical teaching institutions in and around the federal capital.

A large area has already been earmarked by the NIH for the proposed University which will have residential facilities both for the students and the faculty, besides academic blocks and other ancillary facilities.

The Deputy Chairman directed that a PC-I for the project may be drafted in the shortest possible time in consultation with the Higher Education Commission.

Reviewing the various development projects of the NIH, the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission directed efficient and timely execution of these programmes which would go a long way in meeting the demands of various kinds of vaccines in the country.

Dr. M. Akram Sheikh emphasized that provision of public health services including disease surveillance and disease prevention was the primary role of NIH and the government would provide every possible assistance to enable NIH it perform those responsibilities.

On the subject of vaccine production, the Deputy Chairman urged outsourcing and privatisation wherever possible to enable NIH to concentrate on its core functions.

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