PESHAWAR: The Mardan Medical Complex (MMC), which is the teaching hospital for the Bacha Khan Medical College, has been given accreditation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) for postgraduate training of doctors.
It was learnt that doctors doing post-graduation could now train at five departments including medicine, surgery, gynaecology, cardiology and ophthalmology at the Mardan Medical Complex. The facilities at these departments were inspected and found adequate for the training of postgraduate doctors. The other units at the hospital were deficient and would be inspected again.
The Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) has already recognised the Bacha Khan Medical College in Mardan. The college has also obtained affiliation with the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar. It attained all these goals within a year of its establishment.
Most other public sector medical colleges have failed to get recognition from the PMDC or affiliation with the university even though these institutions were commissioned many years ago. Students at some of these government-run medical colleges have been agitating for better teaching and training facilities so that these institutions could also be recognised by the PMDC.
Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, who was elected MPA from Mardan, pioneered the setting up of the Bacha Khan Medical College. Prof Dr Ziaul Islam, a noted eye specialist, was appointed its project director and is still serving in that position.