MDs with foreign degrees get hired by KPK Govt.
The ministry of health has announced the selection of 1,066 doctors as medical officers and 219 of them will be candidates who obtained degrees from foreign lands including Afghanistan, China, Russia , kyrgyzstan
The candidates were selected for the jobs after the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) registered the candidates and recognised their degrees, allowing them to practise and apply for the jobs whenever advertised.
The selection, according to health officials, has irked students with local degrees. They say parents have invested a huge amount of money in their studies.
Some 219 MD degree holders from other countries have been selected for the medical officer’s post, according to documents available with The Express Tribune. The documents, which were earlier made public on the K-P health department’s website, said degrees of around 90 MDs could not be traced to any country since the origin has not been mentioned.
It said 57 people obtained their MD degrees from China, 49 from Russia, 12 from Afghanistan, six from Latin America, two from Ukraine and one each from Romania, Georgia and Cuba.
It also stated that 104 of the 227 doctors had MD degrees and were selected on open merit from across the province and Fata. At least nine out of 151 people with MD degrees were selected from Zone-I (the tribal areas) and 29 out of 152 persons were selected from Zone-II (Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi).
The document read seven out of 152 candidates with MD degrees were selected from Zone (III) comprising districts Swat, Dir Lower, Buner, Malakand and Battagram.
Another issue which caused concern was the huge number of candidates selected for medical officer posts who were born between 1971 and 1979. Jamal Shah, a resident of Frontier Region Peshawar, was born in 1963, but officials said that he was granted an age relaxation after following official procedures.