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Pakistan to export medical doctors to Saudi Arabia

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The attached department of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) would send abroad the medical doctors to Saudi Arabia this month.

Talking to APP on Wednesday, OEC Managing Director Perveez Ahmed Janjua said that the corporation will organise walk-in interview for the selection of consultants, specialists and resident doctors for Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on January 14 to 15 in Karachi.

A delegation of Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will visit to Pakistan and required doctors for different region including Asir, Baha and Bisha regions.

Also read: Experts warn against brain drain of doctors

They required the services of doctors as consultant, specialists and resident in internal medicine, paediatric, general surgery, orthopaedic, family medicine, anaesthesia, radiology and others.

To a question, he said that salary and other terms and conditions will be settled at the time of interview.

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Ahsan Jan 11, 2017 10:27pm

An omen of prosperity to individual doctors for earning of fortune

Arshad Jamil Jan 11, 2017 10:27pm

Is this a good news or bad? As if we produce too many doctors and it doesn't cost anything to produce one.

Pak Patriot Jan 11, 2017 10:44pm

Since Saudi Arabia is benefitting by trained and experienced Medical Staff, it is only fair that Saudi Arabia should contribute in $$$ to finance the operation / upgrade the Medical Training Institutions. This will also be a win win situation for Saudi Arabia, as they will get highly trained staff.

majid Jan 11, 2017 10:44pm

I think they are More needed here

Anon Jan 11, 2017 10:45pm

Err.. who is going to take care of the health sector at home? There is a shortage of good quality medics already.

sukhera Jan 11, 2017 10:53pm

Its a very good news for pakistani doctors to work in Saudi Arabia and help the brotherly country in their healthcare field. We have a number of top medical colleges in the country and their standard of education is in par with international schools. I have noted that number of Pakistani doctors working in the US send their children to medical schools in Pakistan because of their high standard of education. I hope their compensation package is in line with doctors in other countries.

shamir baloch Jan 11, 2017 11:07pm

Another brain drain by the rich from poor countries like pakistan, where these doctors are not paid enough and are desperately needed to work in hinterlands ie remote and undeveloped areas of pakistan , where they are needed the most.

Riaz Murtaza Jan 11, 2017 11:04pm

Doctors please first check the cost of living in Saudi Arabia and then accept the contracts. Do not just convert saudi royals to Pakistan rupees.

Nazir Jan 11, 2017 11:05pm

Our own medical services are beset with problems, including a shortage of doctors in various disciplines. Can we then really afford to officially export our doctors overseas?

jameel Jan 11, 2017 11:07pm

Before sending doctors to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan should make sure they get paid, because Saudi government dosent believe in paying salary to Pakistani, so many people who worked in Saudi Arabia was not paid and no body took responsibility

shah Jan 11, 2017 11:11pm

Saudis view South asians as inferior humans and laborers. Please read the following to get an idea of how a Pakistani doctor is treated by Saudis : http://medicalopedia.org/3719/is-money-really-everything-life-experience-of-a-pakistani-doctor-working-in-saudi-arabia/

Mansoor Ali Khan Jan 11, 2017 11:16pm

Lowest salary among doctors in KSA goes to Indian and Pakistani doctors.. Unfairness based on passport origin.

Hamza Jan 11, 2017 11:33pm

We need first doctors in Pakistan ! Pakistan FIRST !

zaidi, Iqbal hadi Jan 11, 2017 11:35pm

Excellent! Our doctors are really true doctors and therefore they are always in demand in overseas. It is very heartening to read that so many doctors in different specialties are needed in Saudi Arabia but I will just remark, not complaining, that all these doctors are posted in different towns barring principal cities like Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Khobar etc. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Houlbelat Jan 11, 2017 11:42pm

Khull ja simsim for Pakistani doctors and more miseries for the hapless Pakistani patients looking for human doctors for a long long time.

Merchant Jan 12, 2017 12:04am

Excuse me Govt of Pakistan, doctors are not commodities and cannot be exported like mangoes!! Doctors can be requested to be deployed in areas of need. When will this government ever learn any decency??

Javed Khan Jan 12, 2017 12:12am

Seriously, when did doctors become a commodity to be exported like rice or cotton ?

Mohammed Sattar Jan 12, 2017 12:22am

Pakistani population needs their doctors more than then the Saudis. Saudi Arabia can get their doctors from any where in the world. Why from Pakistan?

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 12, 2017 12:45am

Yep.. We already have sufficient doctors and health care facilities available in-country

Alla Bux Jan 12, 2017 12:46am

Export them, like a commodity? May be their value should be added our exports and it may raise the figure.

haroon Jan 12, 2017 12:45am

Saudia is doing big favour to Pakistan by giving jobs here to confused doctors.

otherwise saudia is more aligned with India. But that is for more high end technology. Most probably the more skilled specialists will be hired from India. and basic physicians from Pakistan

INSHAF-E-RAFTA Jan 12, 2017 12:46am

Pakistani doctors !!! What a joke !

Mike hokings Jan 12, 2017 01:09am

very good, we should also export engineers, lawyers, plumbers, mesons, sugar and pesticides etc

Well wishEr Jan 12, 2017 01:24am

Who will treat Pakistani??

Doctor Jan 12, 2017 01:45am

Be careful. Many regret it. Only westerners get good deals. It's a trap. Mark my words. Passport will be taken.

Saif zulfiqar Jan 12, 2017 01:41am

It is always beneficial between muslin countries.

hani Jan 12, 2017 01:48am

Now the strikes would be over... lol

Aslam Shaikh Jan 12, 2017 02:23am

Good

SpotOn Jan 12, 2017 02:26am

Pakistanis are dying on hospital floors but who cares....

nasir Jan 12, 2017 02:38am

OEC administration ready to make lot of money! Just to refer someone to SA.

KhwarAzmi Jan 12, 2017 02:59am

We do not have enough medical doctors here for us. Even our poor Prime Minister Sharif and poor President Zardari are not able to find a medical doctor here and have to take a flight overseas for treatment.

A shah Jan 12, 2017 03:31am

We don't have enough at home.

Atta Jan 12, 2017 04:10am

Pakistan to export...... Sounds as if Pakistan is exporting some goods instead of human beings.

AHA Jan 12, 2017 04:09am

Doctors are not commodities...

Salman Jan 12, 2017 04:54am

This is nothing to be proud of. Pakistani Govt spend millions of tax money to train doctors. Middle eastern countries just take them away. Return them on retirement.

Dessi Jan 12, 2017 05:58am

Saudi Arabia is deporter of largest number of Pakistanis in last 3 years. Check the numbers.

Danish Zaidi Jan 12, 2017 06:04am

Umm.. will these doctors be paid?

Riaz Ahmad Jan 12, 2017 06:07am

It will be a great service to the country and its people if we export all our politicians and political leaders, instead of doctors. People will breath a huge sigh of relief

Guest Jan 12, 2017 06:33am

Are human beings a commodity? Exporting doctors. Hmmm

Riaz Murtaza Jan 12, 2017 06:40am

Doctors please check the cost of living in Saudi Arabia prior signing your contracts with the saudi ministry of health. Do not just convert saudi Riyals to Pak rupees.

Joe Jan 12, 2017 06:52am

Please first provide doctors for hospital around country in government hospital.

J Abid Jan 12, 2017 07:13am

Another pathetic decision of this BAD GOVERNMENT when there is dire shortage of qualified and experienced doctors and specialists in Pakistan to serve its own needy population.

Down with this BAD and another unpatriotic decision.

omveer Jan 12, 2017 07:22am

Looks like you have surplus doctors in Pakistan. Docs should serve their country first.

M. Siddique Jan 12, 2017 07:39am

I hope these doctors get jobs. But lately the quality of doctors graduating from most Pakistani medical colleges is below average.

Jawaid kamal Jan 12, 2017 07:59am

Now on more vanue open for sifarish,corruption and favouritism

downunder Jan 12, 2017 08:18am

I think KSA has asked for Hakims, because that is what is plenty in Pakistan.

SYED OWAIS ALAM ZAIDI Jan 12, 2017 08:43am

Doctors want to serve their community but the circumstances force them to leave the country. Everywhere in the world the health sector is given importance and the health providers are the main pillars of focus but the opposite is true here. A common man does not understand their problems. The long duty hours, sleepless nights and financial constraints affect their family and social life badly which perhaps many do not have an idea. The brain drain should be stopped and proper planning be devised to make it happen.

Awan Jan 12, 2017 08:42am

@INSHAF-E-RAFTA whats so funny in that

Mohammad Khan USA Jan 12, 2017 08:43am

Aseer wadi Al Rania , waadi Al Bhisa are the remotest area of Saudi Arabia hardly one can find even a restaurant it is like the life in desert with air conditions

N Soomro Jan 12, 2017 08:49am

I am working as consultant in Riyadh KSA, it is an opportunity, how ever please make sure you understand what is offered,what will be place of posting which they never comit, main thing is if you have govt. job take one year leave ( sebatian ) , do not jump in, if you do not settle you can return back comfortably and no regrets, every body wants big cities which is not the case all times.

Sanjeev Yadav Jan 12, 2017 09:34am

Well Saudis will spend their precious time in hunting and other recreations.

Anjum kSA Jan 12, 2017 10:08am

@Sanjeev Yadav and you won't be their for volunteering either!! You'll get 6 times more salary and perks.

Ahmed Jan 12, 2017 11:10am

Why do we pay from our econmy to educate these doctors to go and serve other countries?

Dr. Jan 12, 2017 04:34pm

when and where will the interviews be conducted? Tried visiting OEC's site but it is hacked.

Arshad Jan 12, 2017 05:52pm

As per latest labour policy they don't want doctors in saudia Arabia not more than 10 yrs .

WASEEM Jan 12, 2017 08:10pm

International exposure always help a high professional to perfect their skills and get in touch with world class professional. I just hope when these guys had their heart fill of shiny developed world, they will care to return to the sick and needy of their countrymen

iqra badar Jan 12, 2017 08:29pm

How 2 apply

Nasir Khan Jan 13, 2017 04:53am

@Riaz Murtaza Cost of living in KSA is much less than in Pakistan. Savings there is much more than other Gulf countries. Its more than Pakistan even.

Shah hussain Jan 13, 2017 10:59pm

Cuba has most doctors per 1000 people in the world~ 5.6/1000. Europeans aim for 3-4/1000. Saudi's have ~2.5 / 1000. We have 0.74/1000 and still thinking about exporting them. No wonder our healthcare facilities are in shambles. It costs nation ~ 4-5 million RS To train a doctor. ? For him to abroad and serve others. In Pakistan they are on strike every other day. Govt is unable to develop a policy Re this issue as they are too busy buying flats in London.

Abx Jan 13, 2017 10:58pm

We have plenty of doctors. We shoulf export them in middle east and increase foreign remittance

Suresh Handa Jan 14, 2017 11:55am

@sukhera But first they should treat brothers and then brotherly nationals.

Aly Alp-Ercelan Jan 14, 2017 03:40pm

As if we have a surplus of doctors trained at highly subsidised public medical schools.