He expressed these views while congratulating the 14 successful doctors who have passed the examination of diploma in Anesthesia from the Department of Anesthesiology, PGMI.
These doctors were inducted through National Maternal Newborn And Child Health (NMNCH) Programme, Punjab for the diploma.
Dr. Tariq Sallahuddin further said that there is severe shortage of anesthetists at district and tehsil level in Punjab causing great difficulties for doctors as well as patients to be operated. PGMI is performing its due role to make up this deficiency by conducting diploma courses in anesthesia.
Without anesthesia doctors, the team of surgeons is incomplete as anesthetists play the role of life saver during operation, said Dr. Tariq Sallahuddin.
He said that PGMI is providing all necessary facilities and training opportunities to the anesthesia doctors enabling them perform their duties independently wherever they are posted.
The Principal PGMI appreciated the services of Department of Anesthesiology and expressed the hope that diploma holder doters would put all their efforts to provide proper anesthesia cover to rural area patients, hence making the National Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme a success.
Prof. Dr. Khalid Bashir of Anesthesiology Department PGMI also felicitated the diploma holders and said that in absence of anesthetists no hospital can claim of providing comprehensive medical cover to the patients.
He said that 70-80 percent of work in hospitals is dependent on anesthetists and if we strengthened the Department of Anesthesiology, we can improve overall healthcare. Dr. Sabiha Khursheed, Provincial Coordinator of NMNCH programme Punjab, also congratulated the anesthesia doctors and said that PGMI is playing pivotal role in fulfilling the needs of anesthetists in the province which is also one of the improvement goals of NMNCH programme.