754 Awarded Degrees at LUMHS Convocation

HYDERABAD:02 February: “Doctors need to be more humane and sympathetic towards their patients but unfortunately, majority of them give more preference to their fees,” said the best graduates and top position holders after receiving degrees and medals at the 12th convocation of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, on Saturday.

“I think sympathy for the suffering humanity is lacking in our doctors, which requires serious attention,” said Dr Tauseef Ahmed Hamidi, one of the three best graduates of MBSB-2012 batch.

He said that doctors needed to give more attention to the wellbeing of his or her patients. “Not all but majority of doctors are seen giving more preference to their commercial interests instead of patients’ care. I believe if they reduce their fees by a few hundreds it will make little difference for them,” he said.

Dr Mahrukh Shah, daughter of a professor of LUMHS, who grabbed 12 gold medals in different subjects and clinched the first place among all graduates, said she was going to pursue paediatrics after doing masters in the subject.

She said: “Children face more issues than adults. Their mortality rate is very high and they often die of preventable diseases which is very pathetic,” she said.

Dr Maryam Shaikh who secured the second position aims to pursue higher studies in paediatrics. She said that paediatrics issues were on the rise in rural areas. Most children in tertiary hospitals came from rural areas, she said.

A total of 754 graduates and postgraduates including nurses, physiotherapists and biomedical engineers received degrees at the convocation. They included a PhD, 352 MBBS, 78 BDS, 89 postgraduates, 200 BSc nursing, 26 BS physiotherapy and eight diploma holders in biomedical technology.

LUMHS Vice Chancellor Prof Noshad Shaikh told journalists on the sideline of the convocation that the university had been facing a financial crunch since the passage of the 18th amendment as the Higher Education Commission had since then refused to extend any financial assistance to universities.

He said that LUMHS would launch different projects to raise funds and improve its financial health. “For how long will we be looking to the government?” he said.

Earlier, the VC said while addressing the convocation that LUMHS had drafted its own administrative code and established more branches of the university’s Diagnostic and Research Laboratory.

He announced Rs18,000 each for the three position holders and Rs12,000 each for top seven position holders in MBBS and BDS.

The health secretary praised the VC for having successfully implemented the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses, the first in Asia and fourth at under and postgraduate levels but regretted that the university’s attached hospital needed upgradation and equipment.

Mr Durrani offered jobs to the best graduates while Prof Ghulam Qadir Qazi, vice chancellor of Isra University, announced cash awards of Rs50,000 each for them.

The president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry was the chief guest and Prof Qazi was the guest of honour at the convocation.Dawn.