Special Speaker in a Lecture organized by Quality Enhancement Cell at DUHS

Karachi, August 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): Knowledge Mobilization Fellow of National Institute of Health Research and Management Programme Lead in Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College of London, Dr. Raheelah Ahmad said that Pakistan is lacking in the research based treatment of patients. The researchers here should be provided with opportunities so that they can come up with new guidelines and new technologies and help develop a research culture together. The research and development in Pakistan is not bringing about the desired results in healthcare industry. She said while speaking as a Special Speaker in a Lecture organized by Quality Enhancement Cell at Dow University of Health Sciences, Ojha Campus.


She came for delivering the lecture all the way from UK on the invitation of the Vice chancellor of Dow University, Prof. Mohammed Saeed Quraishy. She was greeted by Prof. Mohammed Saeed Quraishy, Director QEC Ms. Sanam Soomro and Director Institute of Business and Health Management Dr. Izhar Hussain and others upon her arrival. Dr. Raheelah Ahmad said that it is important to reduce the use of antibiotic medicines in Pakistan as they are adversely affecting the health and economy. The preventive measures are being taken by medical practitioners but no positive results can be seen so far.


Her lecture covered research methodology and research outputs of innovation in behaviour change, technology and patient safety, Strategic management and policy analysis. She discussed her research conducted back in 2013 in which she observed 60 women during their pregnancy period and the behavioural changes in them. She also explained multi-level analysis addressing Strategic validation of scientific approaches and dissemination, Knowledge mobilization, reflexivity, triangulation, Design and implementation of interventions and Operational and economic evaluation of interventions i.e. System Dynamics (prospective cohort of surgical patients.


She also pointed out that the bed availability and occupancy in hospitals of Pakistan is not adequate which is creating hindrance of services to the local public. Difference in population of urban and rural areas of Pakistan and rate of infectious diseases due to the use of antibiotics were a few highlighted issues in her lecture. She said that we should act proactively and professionally for the addressed issues.


The lecture targeted the Public Health Researchers and practitioners, Health Management Professionals, Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine. Dr. Izhar Hussain, Director IBHM, presented her the certificate, shield and a memento of Dow University of Health Sciences after his concluding remarks.


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