KARACHI: Health experts have stressed for coordinated efforts from the public and private sector to reduce infant mortality rates and urged the government to replicate the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in other parts of the city and province to reduce the patient load on the institute.
These views were expressed at the closing ceremony of the seventh NICH Symposium held at Marriot Hotel on Sunday.
Former NICH director professor Afroz Ramzan Sher Ali said such symposiums are very helpful for young researchers throughout the country to learn about updates and new knowledge in the field of paediatrics.
“During my tenure as director, I began holding the symposium in 2005 and am happy to see this continues to be held even now; which is very encouraging,” she said.
Paediatricians Dr Khemchand Moorani, Dr Ghaffar Nagi and Dr Jamshed Akhter were of the opinion that NICH symposiums have paved the path of research for young fellows in Pakistan as coming generation has to face a lot of problems in the field of paediatric surgery and research.
Five scientific sessions were held under the banner of two-day symposium. Medical experts presented their papers and researches.
The event was attended by more than 1,000 paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from all over Pakistan while delegates from America, United Kingdom, China, Australia, Turkey and UAE also attended the symposium.
NICH Director Dr Jamal Raza said the institute would provide the best ever facilities not only for the people of Karachi but also for the public from different parts of country with full determination of service. He said the NICH provides the best health facilities to children, reiterating however that the facility needs to be replicated.