Islamabad: The management committee of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has decided to issue full registration to Cuban graduates for one year subject to provision of an affidavit.
This decision was taken after the prolonged sit-in by some 950 Cuba-returned Pakistani graduates outside the PMDC building.
The medical students, who have graduated from Cuba under a government scholarship programme, demonstrated outside the council building protesting against the non-issuance of practicing certificates in the country.
Since 2007 around 950 medical students have graduated from Cuba. The scholarships were jointly funded by both the Pakistan and the Cuban governments.
The protest by graduates bore fruit resulting in full registration of over 900 Cuban Medical graduates regarding exemption of house job in Pakistan. The committee after looking into complete record of the case, personally hearing to the Cuban graduates and reviewing the regulatory implications, decided for conditional registration.
According to which these graduates will have to submit an affidavit. These Cuban graduates will have to accept one year registration with PM&DC. Renewal of PM&DC registration will be subjected to the condition that he will not do independent private practice during this one year and that he will submit a certificate of competence by a specialist doctor registered with PM&DC under whom they will work during this one year.
According to the decisions of the meeting after receipt of competence report of one year by applicants/ specialists as per affidavit, PM&DC will issue full registration to Cuban graduates for five years. The protesting doctors have welcomed the decision.