Peshawar: A two-day annual health research symposium organized by the Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar concluded here Monday.
The theme of the symposium was institutionalisation of health research in academic institutions of the NWFP. Minister for Labour and Manpower Sher Azam Wazir was the chief guest while Minister for Population Welfare Saleem Khan was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Sher Azam Wazir said that holding of such academic activities in the prevailing law and order situation was a great source of encouragement for all of us. He said research had a key role in medical profession.
Saleem Khan said that the KMU had achieved a lot in a short span of time and organizing such research-oriented activities would not only provide a broad-based platform for research in the health sector but also help in diagnosing and overcoming various diseases.
He hoped the new generation would give high priority to research. He said in the past research was the domain of the Muslim scholars, adding the Muslims faced downfall when they quit research.
KMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah said the university was endeavouring to discharge the immense responsibilities and obligations assigned to it under the act through which it was established. He said the university was in the process of establishing itself as a premier institution of learning and was diligently pursuing to develop and oversee the development of quality human resources for health, to establish and undertake quality health research and promote the use of research in policy and decision-making and practice and become a technical and information resource in the health field of the country.
To define the role of medical universities in institutionalising research and formulate recommendations, a panel discussion of medical universities VCs, Deans, senior representatives of HEC, PM&DC and College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan was also held. The news