KARACHI - Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has provided artificial limbs to more than 2,500 limbless people free of cost. Dow University Artificial Limb (DUAL) Centre is well equipped with all the required machines and material so as to fabricate light weight artificial limbs, almost free of cost to needy patients. Media can play an effective role in increasing awareness about health issues among the masses. Speaking at a certificate distribution ceremony of First Introductory Short Course for Health Journalists, held on Saturday at Arag Auditorium of Dow Medical College, DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan pointed out that proper understanding of issues by media personal is very important. He announced that DUHS would give computer and technical training to the children of health journalists which would help them in building their future career. Introductory Short Course for Health Journalists is a capacity-building course from a series of short courses for health journalists being offered by DUHS in collaboration with Association of Health Journalists Pakistan (AHJP). He said that the fabricated parts allow amputee the facility of cross-legged sitting, hence these people can offer prayers like a normal person. A manufacturing unit of high density polyethylene (HDP) material has been set up. The raw material is locally available. Specially designed feet have also been purchased from China. The flexible joints are made in Sialkot. Artificial hands are also provided. He said that DUHS as a part of its social responsibility was providing computer and various technical training to the children of the universitys faculty members and as well as other universities. For the first time in Pakistan, DUHS introduced this course for health journalists to enhance their professional skills to report on health issues. This effort will later benefit general public in creating awareness and giving them scientific evidence based news through media, he said. Talking about Vocational Technical and Training Centre, he said that it had been setup by Dow University as a social welfare programme, mainly for children of DUHS employees, who were less educated and require some skills to earn their living. This centre is registered by Sindh Board of Technical Education, Karachi and National Vocational & Technical Education Commission, he said. Computer courses are also being conducted and more than 160 students have completed their courses. Besides this, courses for electricians, plumbers, welding and auto machines will also be started soon. Females are being taught dressmaking, hand and machine embroidery, cutting, stitching and sewing, he said. Health Secretary Hashim Raza Zaidi congratulated the participants of the course, and appreciated the efforts of DUHS VC and the faculty members in the development of the university.