NUMS’ Medical City: A pre-emptive approach to address the gravity of healthcare issues and challenges in Pakistan

Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Mr. Aamir Mehmood Kiani visited National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) on 30th August 2018. NUMS’ Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI (M) and Federal Health Minister, discussed the gravity of healthcare issues, medical conditions and facilities, and its challenges in Pakistan. He explicated that in order to help bring in appropriate quality healthcare, in accordance with the best international standards and practices, the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) is looking beyond education, training and research, by actually incorporating an adjunctive university-run healthcare system.

VC NUMS pointed out that NUMS backed up by an extensive network of hospitals aims to improve the quality of life through healthcare education, research, innovation, and quality healthcare. Furthermore, the strategy of NUMS is not to just produce doctors but also nurses and health professionals, and avoid and reduce brain-drain by adopting innovative and effective approaches in order to offer best possible services to the society and humanity at large. The importance of knowledge, technology transfer from leading centres of the world with a view to indigenise research infrastructure and capacity building was emphasised, with a view to start indigenous production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), vaccines, antisera and diagnostic products to benefit the people of Pakistan and national economy.

For the benefit of general public through provision of high quality healthcare in a very cost-effective fashion, a comprehensive integrated healthcare delivery system of a ‘medical city’ at the main university campus at the federal capital would have 4,000 hospital beds in the first phase. Subsequently specialty hospitals would be brought up. HR would be trained at its medical, nursing dental and allied health professional colleges. Emergency and mobile healthcare services, community nursing and rehabilitation services will be in place. Adjacent areas will be served through satellite primary care clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic services. In due course, the model will be replicable in other cities.