Big responsibility on medical practitioners in bringing the best in society: Alvi
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said considering medicine as noblest profession, doctors had a great responsibility in contributing their best for the betterment of society.
Addressing the third convocation of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical College here, the president said education should be used for achieving better goals in life.
President Alvi said Pakistan produced best professionals in every field, however regretted that due to brain drain, it lost a valuable resource.
He said the country at the moment needed contribution of their capable people in its journey towards progress and development.
Dr Alvi said the medical graduates passed out in country during the last 25 years, eighty percent of them were girls, which he said was an encouraging sign. However, he pointed out that only 20-25 percent of them continued their profession, which was a waste of national resources.
He urged upon the women graduates to keep in view the highest level of skills imparted to them as most of them left their profession while rearing their families.
Dr Alvi said expenditure on knowledge if did not produced required results, created an anomaly of national resources, the burden of which lay on society and profession itself.
He said that women be given prominent place in society as per their professional skills for proper utilization of their talent.
Breastfeeding vital in reducing child mortality, stunted growth
President Dr Arif Alvi said malnutrition in children had a direct link with mother's health and stressed that reverting to natural practices including breastfeeding, could overcome child mortality and stunted growth.
The President was addressing at the inaugural ceremony of National Nutrition Conference that gathered medical and health experts from across the country.
He said 29 percent children up to age five, were underweight which showed several underlying problems, besides the rest of 10 percent overweight children in the country.
He said fifty percent, having deficiency of Vitamin A and 63 percent lacking Vitamin D despite immense sunlight in the country, showed the need for change in lifestyles towards good health.
The President lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for highlighting the issue of stunted growth in his first address to the nation, adding people needed to be sensitized on becoming concerned about their health and food intake.
He said the main reason why Pakistan was facing this alarming health situation, was in fact 'unlearning of natural lessons' such as breastfeeding and choose the right kind of food.
He mentioned that preferring infant milk formula over breastfeeding was a big reason of malnutrition and asked the Health Ministry to keep a check on its marketing as a step towards reversing the loss of future generations. - APP