KARACHI: A two-day online conference themed on the new norms of the Covid-19 pandemic organized by the APPNA Institute of Public Health, Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) Karachi, ended on Saturday, according to a press release issued here.
On the first day, 20 of the country’s ‘best’ research works were presented on the medical, psycho-social and institutional effects of Covid-19.
On the second day, there was a plenary session and moderator discussion.
Five international and 20 national public health experts and policy makers expressed their views.
JSMU Deputy Chancellor Prof Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi said that the university had developed rapidly and trained its faculty to continue their educational activities in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Prof Cory Neudorf from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, said that the pandemic is a major challenge for medical education which has been completely transformed into online education.
Dr Gohar Wajid stressed that the Higher Education Commission should shift its policy to online education.
Student representatives emphasized that the availability of online gadgets and the increased availability of the Internet hold the keys to uninterrupted medical education operations during the pandemic.
Health Secretary Dr Kazim Hussain Jatoi said that the Sindh government continues to make efforts to facilitate the health sector for uninterrupted services for Covid-19 patients and efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic.
Experts recommend that it is difficult to ensure transparency with online exams and exams have to be done physically.
Prof. Zafar Fatmi from Aga Khan University, Dr Nitya Rao from the University of East Anglia, Norwich and Prof. Lubna Ansari Baig from the APPNA Institute of Public Health also shared their views.
Published in Dawn, 18 January 2021
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