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Feeling the Pulse of Health Sector in pakistan

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February 15-28, 2017
Volume 18 Number 4

Highlights

PM&DC is determined to restore Merit and Crackdown
on Corruption at all cost - Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri

LAHORE: President Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri has reiterated that the council was determined to restore merit and crackdown on corruption at all cost. The previous PM&DC set up had made a mess and destroyed everything. We have now taken some measures to streamline the functioning of the PM&DC, it is taking time but we are hopeful to overcome all the hurdles which are being created by vested interests. He was inaugurating the First International Medical conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College held here from February 3-5, 2017.


 NAFLD is quite common and going to be the
leading cause of liver transplant in future

KARACHI: Prof. Khalid Mahmood a noted physician who recently retired and Dean and Head of the Dept. of Medicine from Dow University of Health Sciences was one of the invited guest speakers at the JPMC’s 52nd annual symposium. He also chaired this session devoted to Medicine. His presentation was on Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) which was an excellent detailed review of the subject. NAFLD-NASH, Prof. Khalid Mahmood opined has now become an epidemic and it is going to be a major cause of cirrhosis of liver in the days to come. It is going to be rampant all over the world and those suffering from it will require liver transplant. With the availability of oral medication for HCV, it is hoped this will be eradicated from the developing countries by the year 2030 while numerous preparations for HBV are also currently in the pipeline.


Mushroom growth of medical colleges has undermined
quality of medical education - Saira Afzal

LAHORE: Mushroom growth of medical and dental colleges in the country has undermined the quality of medical and dental education to a great extent. We are taking steps to improve the situation but the owners of these institutions also need to put in their efforts to improve teaching and training facilities. This was stated by Ms Saira Afzal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. She was speaking at the concluding session of the First International Medical Conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College held here from February 3-5, 2017.  She called upon the owners of these private medical institutions to stop selling the seats.


BDI should be repaired within 48 hours, if not then it is
better to do it after 4-6 weeks - Prof. Saeed Qureshi

KARACHI: The session devoted to Surgery during the JPMC’s 52nd annual symposium held recently was chaired by Prof. Irshad Waheed along with Dr. Shamim Qureshi and Prof. Shafiqur Rehman from Ziauddin Medical University. Prof. Saeed Qureshi from DUHS/CHK was the first speaker who made a presentation on biliary diseases. He discussed in detail the management of Bile Duct Injuries, what the best time for repair is and who should repair it. BDI management, he said, has to be a multidisciplinary team work. The issues and factors which matter in the outcome include inflammation, operative technique, technical problems, surgeons’ learning curve, surgeon’s mindset, laparoscopic equipment because sometime second hand equipment is used which may break down.

 

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