Bahawalpur - The first-ever national conference on “Scope and Development of Eastern Medicine” concluded here at the Abbasia Campus of Islamia University, Bahawalpur the other night.

The two day event was organised by the University College of Conventional Medicine (UCCM), IUB in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission. Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that herbal medicines were being used for the treatment of endemic diseases all over the world for thousands of years and the basic reason for their popularity was their efficacy, safety and low cost.

The Federal Minister emphasised the need for extensive research in the field and the need for professional skilled personnel to provide relief to humanity as well as garner the worldwide market for Eastern Medicines.

He added that the conference had provided an opportunity to researchers and experts to share their experiences which would ultimately play a significant role in the betterment of Eastern Medicines and determine proper parameters for their quality and production in Pakistan. He expressed the hope that experts at the conference would compile recommendations to introduce Conventional Medicine in the public health sector to bring revolutionary changes in this regard. He termed UCCM as a very unique institution with reference to promotion of Eastern Medicine in Pakistan.

The minister said that IUB was a renowned higher education institution of the Southern Punjab and also acknowledged the services of Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar regarding the advancement in the field of research and collaboration with national and international universities.

He added that the present government was determined to make Pakistan a developed and prosperous nation by utilising full potential of its citizens through demand-driven training and very soon all professional and technical training institutes would be functioning under one ministry to boost the quality of their performance.

IUB Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar in his address said that the land of Cholistan had been blessed by nature with a number of medicinal plants which were used in production of traditional medicines and the treatment of many fatal diseases was concealed in them.#

“The Islamia University will soon embark on a research project which will enable the UCCM to manufacture traditional medicines with the approval of the Food and Drug Authority. The University will not only be able to meet the expenses through the sale of these products but it will also reduce the deficit of university budget to a great extent”, the VC informed the participants.

Dr Mukhtar announced setting up of a herbarium to facilitate the faculty and students. He also stressed upon the government to establish a teaching hospital for Eastern Medicine to help the practitioners achieve expertise in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. UCCM Principal presented recommendations which included the demand for teaching hospital and a botanical garden, one year house jobs for the graduates, to launch Bachelors of Eastern Medicine.