President Alvi asks medical unis to probe COVID-19

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – May 13, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi, Tuesday, asked the vice chancellors of medical universities to expand the spectrum of research with special focus on diseases like the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

According to an official statement, he urged the medical universities to undertake research in medical field and follow international research standards so as to address the challenges of health sector.

He gave these directions while chairing a meeting of the vice chancellors (VC) of medical universities about COVID-19, in the federal capital.

The president emphasised that the universities are required to provide quality education and produce good quality students.

The VCs briefed the meeting about the health care initiatives taken by their respective medical institutions in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

In this regard, they highlighted the measures taken by medical universities, including arranging training courses for doctors and paramedics, establishing isolation wards and developing technical and operational guidelines for teachers and health workers.

The VCs apprised the meeting that the universities had established information technology (IT) infrastructure to provide online education and continue other academic activities.

The president appreciated the important role being played by the health professionals and medical universities in the prevailing situation of COVID-19.

The meeting was attended by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU), Islamabad, VC Tanwir Khaliq, National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi, VC lieutenant general (R) Syed Imran Majeed, Health Services Academy (HSA), Islamabad, VC Asad Hafeez, Riphah International University (RIU), Islamabad, VC Anis Ahmed, RIU, Islamabad, dean lieutenant general (R) Azhar Rashid.