Make medicine your life, expert urges young Emiratis

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The four-day International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center brought together more than 1,000 medical education experts from 56 countries. (AN photo)
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The four-day International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center brought together more than 1,000 medical education experts from 56 countries. (AN photo)
Updated 19 March 2018

Make medicine your life, expert urges young Emiratis

DUBAI: More Emiratis needed to be encouraged to work in the UAE’s health care and medical professions, a leading health education specialist has said.
Speaking to Arab News at an international conference on medical education, Professor Mohammed Al-Houqani, assistant dean for education and academic affairs at United Arab Emirates University, said that only 5 percent of Emiratis now worked in health care.
“We see more local girls opting for medical education. Boys still prefers business studies or other professions where one can finish education faster and start earning in good numbers,” he said.
The four-day International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) concluded at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center. During the summit, more than 1,000 medical education experts from 56 countries discussed applying international training standards in the UAE.
Professor Al-Houqani said the six medical schools in the country were sufficient to fulfil current requirements.
Hassan Mohammed Khan, chancellor of Riphah International University and founder of ICME, said the quality of medical education is directly related to health care and patient safety in any country.
“Medical education is evolving every day, and the only way to keep oneself up to date is through academic and professional interaction. In medicine, excellence is a journey and not an end. It is a lifelong pursuit,” he said.
Medical education is expensive across the world, Khan said.
“America and the UK are one of the most expensive places to get a degree in education. It is costly because lots of investment goes into research and equipment.”
Referring to the numbers of UAE medical students, Khan said local students made up 10 percent of the intake at his own medical college in Ras Al-Khaimah.
“The numbers of local students are increasing. However, considering the demographic dynamics, the present numbers are not bad,” said Khan, who is head of the RAK College of Dental Sciences in the UAE.
“We need good professionals, no matter which nationality they belong to,” he said.
Khan, who also runs academic institutions in Pakistan, said the two countries had a great opportunity to collaborate on medical education.
“Unfortunately, on an individual level, so many Pakistani doctors and medical managers are working in UAE. But at an institution level, there is no formal cooperation.”
The conference, a joint collaboration of Ottawa Conference and International Conference on Medical Education, was endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, and supported by the UAE University, Gulf Medical University, RAK Medical and Health Sciences University, The University of Sharjah and CLIQ (Center of Excellence in Leadership and Quality) at RAKCODS, the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, Emirates Medical Association and the Emirates Nursing Association.


Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

Updated 22 October 2020

Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

  • Leading media outlets in India used the social networking website to disseminate fabricated stories about clashes in Karachi
  • Twitter verified accounts were used to spread the fake news, making Pakistani authorities ask the social media giant to act against them

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) approached the Twitter management on Thursday, asking the social media giant not to allow users to spread fake information for propaganda purposes.
“In the wake of current smear campaign of spreading false and baseless information targeting Pakistan, its cities and institutions,” said an official handout, “PTA has stressed upon Twitter to effectively block handles involved in the campaign.”
The country released the statement after some Indian news networks falsely claimed that clashes had erupted between the Pakistan Army and Sindh Police in the country’s most densely populated city of Karachi.
The story was fabricated by some of the leading media outlets across the border, who claimed that a “civil war” was raging in Pakistan before disseminating the misleading story through social media platforms.
While Pakistani Twitter users mocked the Indian media, South Asia watchers were alarmed by the development.

 

 

Pakistani politicians also expressed their displeasure at the development, condemning the Indian media for its devious reporting.

 

 

In its official statement issued on Thursday, the PTA expressed its “disappointment” that a “number of accounts involved in propagation of untrue stories” were “Twitter verified.”
“However, they are still operating with immunity,” the statement added. “PTA has asked the platform to take immediate action against such accounts as per its guidelines and policies.”