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PMA asks interim set-up to ensure fair PMDC polls

PMA asks interim set-up to ensure fair PMDC polls

KARACHI: Asking the interim body set up to run the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to focus on the upcoming elections, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Wednesday demanded punishment to those health services ministry officials who helped the elements ‘illegally occupy’ the PMDC for more than 17 months.

Speaking at a press conference at the PMA House, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, secretary general, and Dr S.M. Qaisar Sajjad, treasurer, of the PMA (centre), said the foremost concern of the interim management committee was to hold fair elections within 120 days as were mandated by an ordinance promulgated last month.

They said officials in the health services ministry who “aided and abetted’ persons who were not even members of the council to occupy PMDC offices from March 20, 2014 to Aug 28, 2015 must be exposed.

“Persons in the PMDC office who colluded and aided in the corrupt illegal practices by the so-called president and a very powerful member of the council, must be identified and brought to justice,” said Dr Azhar.

He said all “illegal actions and harassment” of doctors done by the previous management be redressed. He added that activities of the management committee and the PMDC staff should be legal and transparent comprising day-to-day functions and mainly focusing on fair elections. “The management committee should not deviate from its mandate,” he said.

To make the process of election more participative, he demanded that all the pending applications for the renewal of PMDC registration should be sorted out immediately and all those doctors who were willing to renew their PMDC registration be helped in doing so.

Besides, the PMA leaders said that since the PMA was the largest recognised organisation of doctors in the country and a big stakeholder in medical education, patient care, health policy and the rights of doctors, it should be given a nomination on the next PMDC body.

He said the PMDC was dissolved by a presidential ordinance on the order of the Supreme Court on Aug 28.

Regarding the Pakistan-China medical congress, to be held in January in Karachi, the PMA leaders said preparations were in full swing and they were in touch with the Chinese Medical Association and expected a large number of medical experts from there to attend it.

“We are thinking of organising medical camps where people could also be informed by the guests regarding the treatment of the diseases, which is not available in Pakistan,” said Dr Azhar.

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2015

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