Lahore:November 04:Punjab Health secretary Jehanzeb Khan has taken strict notice of admissions being conducted by private medical colleges prior to the display of first merit list in the public sector medical colleges in violation of the rules and regulations.
“The government will not allow fleecing of students and parents by private medical colleges and strict action will be taken against such private medical colleges, which do not follow the rules in this regard,” he said, while replying to journalists’ queries during a media briefing regarding dengue fever held here in the Committee Room of King Edward Medical College on Thursday. The KEMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Asad Aslam Khan, Director Health Information Management System Dr. Muhammad Anwar Janjua and other officers were also present there. The Health secretary said the Health Department would seek information from the University of Health Sciences in this regard so that action could be taken against the violators in this regard.
The secretary was informed that the private medical colleges had been fleecing the students and their parents of their lifetime savings by asking them to submit fees to secure admission to private medical college concerned prior to the display of first merit list in public medical colleges in violation of rules, and as per past practices, they didn’t refund the fees to those candidates, who were admitted to public medical colleges afterwards.To a question, the Health secretary directed removal of all advertisements and posters on the walls of government hospitals by the quacks regarding treatment of dengue virus. He said that special attention was being paid to elimination of quackery and improving the syllabus and system of colleges of homeopaths and Hakeems. He said that, due to dengue virus, institutes of the health department and hospitals would operate as usual during the holidays of Eid ul Azha. “Special duties are being assigned to doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for ensuring 100 per cent treatment to the patients in the hospitals.”
He said that doctors were being sent to Thailand for training regarding dengue. He quoted Sri Lankan expert Dr. Fernando as having said in his email the other day that, due to excellent arrangements and strenuous efforts of doctors, the mortality rate due to dengue virus in Lahore was the lowest in the world.The news.