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Pakistan extends humanitarian support to Gaza’s medical students

PMDC has approved a special initiative allowing medical and dental students from Gaza to complete their education in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has approved a special initiative allowing medical and dental students from Gaza to complete their education in Pakistan. This decision comes amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza and aims to ensure that these students’ education is not disrupted.

Compassionate Initiative

The PMDC’s decision was influenced by a request from the Pakistani High Commissioner in London. Recognizing the urgent need for educational continuity for Gaza’s students, the PMDC President stated, “On the request of the Pakistani High Commissioner in London, the PMDC decided to allow Gaza students to continue their medical education in Pakistan, enabling them to serve their country in the future.”

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Formation of a Special Committee

To facilitate this initiative, the PMDC has formed a special committee led by its President, with representatives from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs. This committee will oversee the integration and education of approximately 100 Gaza students in Pakistani medical and dental colleges. The first group of 20-30 students is expected to arrive soon, with the committee ensuring a smooth transition and completion of their education.

Educational Standards and Support

The PMDC President emphasized that the medical and dental education in Pakistan meets international standards, ensuring that the students from Gaza will be well-equipped to serve their homeland upon graduation. “Supporting Gaza’s students reflects Pakistan’s commitment to humanitarian aid and assistance,” he added.

Broader Context and Impact

This approval comes in the wake of recent evacuation orders in Gaza, with the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees estimating that around 250,000 people have been impacted. The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life, with at least 37,925 people, mostly civilians, reported dead by Gaza’s health ministry.

Benefits for Both Nations

This initiative offers multiple benefits for both Gaza and Pakistan. For Gaza, students will gain valuable knowledge and skills in various medical specialties, enabling them to contribute significantly to their healthcare system upon returning home. They can become trainers and mentors, raising the overall standard of medical practice and contributing to healthcare research.

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For Pakistan, this initiative fosters educational exchange and collaboration, strengthening diplomatic and cultural ties with Palestine. The PMDC President highlighted, “Gaza students will have the chance to learn in a well-equipped environment, something they might lack due to the conflict.” This act of solidarity empowers Gaza students to build a stronger healthcare system for their people, while showcasing Pakistan’s commitment to supporting nations facing conflict and instability.