Earthquake in Pakistan disrupts medical education
Tariq Jawaid Alam Karachi
More than 1500 medical students, doctors in training, and graduate students were affected as an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck northern Pakistan and Kashmir on 8 October. The earthquake jolted Peshawar, Islamabad, Abbottabad, and neighbouring areas and is the worst in the country's history.
The United Nations described it as more devastating than the tsunami, and the current relief operation is posing a logistical nightmare. Essential infrastructure, including medical facilities, government buildings, and schools, in an area of 28 000 km2 has been destroyed affecting from 3.5 to four million people who need shelter and food. As the Student BMJ went to press, the government's death toll was more than 50 000 and more than 80,000 people were injured. Some 3.5 million people have been left homeless.
Worst hit was the city of Abbottabad, home to the Ayub Medical College and the affiliated Ayub Teaching Hospital. This