Karachi: A Pakistani institution has started a project to train 1,000 Afghan doctors.
Pakistan’s Educcast is providing training to 1,000 doctors in six provinces of Afghanistan with the support of the Islamic Development Bank to strengthen Afghanistan’s healthcare system and alleviate the shortage of doctors.
Afghan doctors-in-training are those who have been out of medical education for two to three years, the aim of providing training is to upgrade them to address the shortage of specialists in Afghanistan.
The project to train Afghan doctors and connect them with Pakistani medical experts through telemedicine will strengthen Afghanistan’s healthcare system, reduce pressure on Pakistan’s healthcare system, and provide security for Afghan residents. It will also help reduce anxiety.
The project, supported by the Islamic Development Bank of Pakistan Health Tech Company, aims to strengthen the health care system in Afghanistan due to regime change and the evacuation of doctors and medical specialists from Afghanistan. To reduce the hardships faced by Afghans.
Abdullah Butt, the CEO of Educcast, an organization that trains Afghan doctors, told Express that the Afghan authorities requested the Islamic Development Fund to support the capacity building of Afghanistan’s doctors. And keeping in mind the quality of services rendered in other Islamic countries including Pakistan, Educast was also chosen for Afghanistan and the task of training Afghan doctors was given to Educast by providing a grant.
He said that 80% of the 1,000 Afghan doctors participating in the course are women who are determined to provide services to improve the health of Afghans while living in Afghanistan.
Abdullah Butt said that after the success of the pilot project in Kabul, Afghan doctors are being trained in Mazar-i-Sharif, Khost, Jalalabad, Nangarhar and Kandahar.
At the time of the establishment of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, a large number of medical experts and doctors left Afghanistan and most of them took refuge in Western countries, due to which Afghanistan is facing a shortage of medical experts and doctors.
At present, the return of Afghans from Pakistan and action against those traveling to Pakistan on illegal documents are facing difficulties for Afghans coming to Pakistan for treatment.
According to the research conducted in connection with the project of training doctors in Afghanistan, 1000 people from Afghanistan go to the big cities of Pakistan for treatment every day.