State Times NewsJAMMU: Seeking necessary measures for addressing grievances of Medical Assistants, the Association of Paramedical Colleges (APMC) Jammu province on Wednesday urged the concerned authorities to initiate process for registering Medical Assistants as Pharmacists at the earliest.While addressing media, President APMC, M S Katoch said that after abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir, the youth of J&K are facing numerous miseries, the list of which is too long to count. “As far as Medical Assistants and students pursuing Medical Assistant course are concerned, the authorities are denying them registration as Pharmacist keeping aside the Government’s order No. 803 HME of 1993, dt 11-10-1993 wherein the course of Medical Assistant was re-designated as Pharmacist,” he added.President APMC further said that it is the matter of serious concern that future of more than 20,000 youth, who have successfully completed the course of Medical Assistant by spending a handsome amount as fee and two years of their lives, is at stake.APMC urged the concerned authorities to initiate process of registering the medical assistant as pharmacist so that they could earn their livelihood for survival in this competitive world. Not only the pass-outs but the students, who have enrolled in the course prior to abrogation of Article 370 should also be considered for registration as Pharmacist, Katoch demanded.It was further reiterated that the Government should device a mechanism to bring Medical Assistant course at par with D-Pharmacy for students who would like to pursue this course in future.Others who were present on the occasion included Dr Sukhpreet Singh, Dr Madhu Sudan, Dr Akash Mahajan and Dr Devinder Singh.
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