ISLAMABAD: After 2,118 new cases and 52 deaths due to Covid-19 were registered on a single day on Wednesday, in the current month, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) prevented medical universities across the nation from conducting exams.
Ministry Speaker Sajid Shah said that it was agreed during a conference, chaired by NHS Secretary Aamir Ashraf Khawaja, that all competent medical exams will be held after Feb 1.
Any of the universities had already confirmed test dates in the current month and, after a variety of student inquiries, stated that the exams would take place on dates that had already been announced.
Medical universities barred from holding exams in January by health ministry
Mr Shah reported that it was also agreed that exams would be conducted for various years on staggered dates.
“On Wednesday, a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was held and all parties were represented. We have received thousands of calls over the past week when some of the universities declared exam dates in January despite the fact that they were closed before the end of the current month,’ he added.
A number of medical students were asking that they should be encouraged in a similar manner as students in primary and secondary schools were promoted, but at the meeting there was agreement that students pursuing professional degrees cannot be promoted without exams. It was agreed at the meeting that exams must be held, and in February, universities were bound to hold examinations, he added.
In answer to a comment, Mr Shah said that students will get a few more weeks to study for exams because of the decision.
In the meanwhile, NCOC statistics showed that 45 of the 52 casualties recorded on Wednesday died in hospitals, while seven died in hospitals. Across the country, 313 patients were on ventilators.