The Vice-Chancellor, University of Okara, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, and the Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences, Prof Dr Javaid Akram, in a meeting, discussed the opportunities and avenues of institutional collaboration to promote public health awareness in Pakistan.
The UO VC hailed Dr Javaid’s contribution in sensitizing the people about public health issues, creating awareness on COVID-19 SOPs and motivating them to get vaccination shots in order to eradicate this infectious disease from the society.
Dr Javid stressed the need of developing medical journalism in Pakistan in order to educate and inform the general public about the critical findings of the latest medical research. He argued that the public’s awareness about health and hygiene could only be enhanced by actively engaging media.
He also ensured that the UHS, is a premier institution of higher learning, would extend full support and technical assistance to the newly established universities to promote teacher and research activities in the domain of health and allied sciences.
In this regard, Dr Zakar observed that a culture of science and research was needed to be promoted so that the public could be saved from various infections and malnutrition that claims thousands of lives every year.
Dr Zakar was of the view that both the universities could actively work for health communication and awareness by engaging other stakeholders including educational institutes, media organizations, community centers and civil society.