PMDC manages to issue registration certificates to more than 5,000 doctors as it is need of the health sector during the current pandemic, in the duration of 25 days since it was reopened. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has been managing the activities with limited staff amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

PMDC restarts the issuing of certificates to doctors. The health sector needs more and more doctors these days. Doctors need registration to start their house jobs. Hina Shoukat, the spokesperson of the PMDC said that all the doctors and stakeholders lauded their efforts. Out of a backlog of 6,534 pending registration matters, PMDC has processed more than 5,000 cases in 25 days.

She further said that ever since the office has resumed its operations, the council has received 5,500 new registration applications. She also said that keeping the coronavirus pandemic in mind, the doctors are requested to post their respective documents to PMDC in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Shoukat also added that PMDC is witnessing issues in the printing because of its closure in the past and due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, as per her, the National Printing Press has been asked to issue these certificates urgently.

The PMDC spokesperson said currently, the council is striving to issue the provisional registration certificates on an urgent basis to the fresh doctors as they are already late for their house jobs and there is also a need for doctors in the country at the moment.

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council is a statutory regulatory authority that maintains the official register of medical practitioners within Pakistan. Its chief function is to establish a uniform minimum standard of basic and higher qualifications in medicine and dentistry throughout Pakistan by controlling entry to the PMDC register, and suspending or removing members when necessary. It also sets the education standards for medical schools in Pakistan along with the Higher Education Commission.