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First convocation of School of Allied Health Sciences of Children Hospital held.

LAHORE:Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique on Thursday said that lot of opportunities for Allied Health professionals were available in the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education department as well as in Primary & Secondary Health department.

He said that more opportunities of services for highly qualified

human resource would be created by the expansion of health sector.

He stated this while addressing the first Convocation of Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health's Allied Health Sciences School at a local hotel, on Thursday. Besides, Dean Children Hospital and ICH Prof. Masood Sadiq, Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizam-ud-Din, Principal Allied Health Sciences School Dr. Idrees Ahmed, Principals of different medical colleges, faculty members of Institute of Child Health, former deans of Children Hospital, students and their parents attended the convocation.

In his welcome address, Prof. Masood Sadiq informed that due to the personal interest and provision of funds generously by Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the Children Hospital had become the largest children hospital in the region.

He said that Institute of Child Health was providing educational

and training facilities in 43 specialties and providing degree and diploma courses. He said that 18 training programmes for undergraduates were being run in the institute.

Prof. Masood Sadiq said that allied health professionals had a key role in providing healthcare to the patients. He said that at least eight different health professionals needed for a doctor. He said that Pakistan was facing acute shortage of trained human resource and the Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health was executing great services by providing training to the health professionals to fill the gaps.

He disclosed that so far 850 allied health professionals had completed their education from that institution and were serving within the country and outside in the world.

He disclosed that Institute of Child Health would soon start master degree courses.

Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizamud Din said that allied health professionals had an international identity and there was a huge demand of allied health professionals all over the world. He stressed the need of setting up a separate council for allied health professionals.

While addressing the convocation, Kh. Salman Rafique assured that working would be started for establishing separate council for allied health professionals on the pattern of PMDC and PMC.

Later, degrees were awarded among the 350 graduates and 24 medals and 125 certificates to the students showing outstanding performance.

The Institute is providing diploma degree courses in 7 different disciplines including physiotherapy, medical imaging technology, medical lab technology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and operational theater technology.

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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 13, 2017
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