Is Reforming PMDC Is Enough?

The government of Pakistan has decided to reform Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) because of the arrest of its vice-president Dr Asim Hussain. Four federal government nominees and also two philanthropists have been notified by the Prime Minister`s Office so that newly elected executive council can come in its full strength. It is stated by the Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar that election might be  held on January 13, 2016. Retired Maj-Gen Khalig Naveed and also Dr Shabbir Lehri have been seen and spotted campaigning for the newly elected executive council.

When Reformation of the PMDC body started?

This reformation actually started when President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated the PMDCA amendment Ordinance 2015 by dissolving the executive council. That executive council made a criticism on the arrest of Dr Asim Hussain. He is on charges of corruption and also because of  terrorism. Later on, a new management committee that was headed by retired Maj-Gen Azhar Kiyani run the body. So far, 35-member executive council had been filled by 20 elected members. Rest of the nominees will be filled by the government.

Nominees of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council:

It is seen that the federal government has nominated so far:

  • Former minister Dr Sania Nishtar
  • Former chief minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch
  • Dr Abid Faroogi of Pims
  • Former principal Quaid-i-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur Dr Eice Mohammad
  • Dr Amjad Saqib of Akhuwat Foundation and Dr Abdul Bari of the Indus Hospital Karachi on the philanthropist seats.

My View

Provinces might be able to share the four-year term of their own president, that is one-year each. Retired Maj-Gen Khalig who is one of the nominees to become the president seems quite confident of his winning. But the question is whether electing these people will be sufficient to reform PMDC? No, something constructive and productive needs to be done. So that issues like Dr. Asim Hussain might not happen in the, later on time.

The government of Pakistan should also need to work on the core issues of PMDC rather than restructuring and reforming its council. Though necessary reforms should be carried on but proper agenda should be there in the minds of Government to make PMDC much stronger. Monitoring of the council should take place so that loopholes in their performance can be identified and corrections can be made on time.


DAWN Newspaper 09/01/2016