KARACHI: Only 13% of all doctors registered with PMDC are categorized as “specialists” yet family medicine remains the most neglected discipline.
Doctors talking to APP Thursday regretted that little attention is paid towards improving curriculum of medical and nursing schools in the country where masses are getting fast prone to both communicable and chronic diseases.
Prof. Tariq Hasan, associated with a private medical college, said there was urgency to reform medical care services in the country with equal attention towards improved budgetary allocation for health sector.
“We need a paradigm shift as currently all our attention is focussed towards tertiary care instead of primary care,” he said.
Dr. Hatim Tayyab, a senior general physician, said attention has to be paid at the grass root level with specific reference to prevention followed by timely diagnosis and early intervention, that is again the most cost effective option.
The doctors had their reservations about donor driven programs that are usually focussed on single disease control instead of a holistic approach.