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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Sindh Healthcare Commission meets key media stakeholders for briefing in Karachi

The Sindh Healthcare Commission met with key media stakeholders in Karachi to brief them on the SHCC, its scope of operations, and major functions, in order to foster mutual conversation and contact with print and electronic media.

Sindh Healthcare Commission met with key media stakeholders in Karachi, in a bid to appraise the media on SHCC, its scope of operations and key functions of the commission, thereby promoting mutual dialogue and communications to print and electronic media.

In the wake of fake news and unauthorized letters being circulated on social media, the key takeaway of this meeting session was to promoteโ€™ clarity of communicationโ€™ to reach an overall positive impact when it comes to the dissemination of information and news across the country.

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What were the points of discussion?

CEO SHCC Dr. Ahson Qavi Siddiqui gave a comprehensive overview of the functions, achievements and future direction for the operational strategy of the commission. Media representatives provided constructive feedback during the session.

The event was well received by media stakeholders from across the spectrum with a lot of information sharing during the course of the event, highlighting the need to work in total collaboration with each other.

โ€˜We are one team and we must stay united to ensure public awareness on healthcare and curb the menace of fake news circulation, said the CEO. He also stated that the element of respect be maintained when reporting on clinics and doctors so as to differentiate between legitimate medical professionals and โ€˜quacks โ€˜impersonating as doctors.

โ€˜We must check the authenticity of the news first โ€˜, stated the CEO.

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The idea behind the event was to engage with media more effectively by consulting with each other before reporting news that may harm the interest of the healthcare establishments and the general public.

A few days ago, Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) decided to issue regular licenses to healthcare facilities in the province, Chief Executive Officer SHCC Dr Ahson Qavi Siddiqi told during an interactive session with media held at a local hotel on Monday.

โ€œWe have completed the inspection process of eight hospitals and regular licenses would be issued to them soon,โ€ he informed, adding that services of Pakistan Printing Press (PPP) would be acquired for the printing of licenses to avoid forgery.

He said that the registration process of hospitals and healthcare units in the province is underway and in this regard, some 11470 entities including public and private hospitals have been registered during the last four years. โ€œDuring the last three years the commission received 12000 applications from hospitals and clinics for registration certificate,โ€ he added.