Khyber PK Government takes bold and courageous step to hand over all powers to Medical Institutions

PESHAWAR: Keeping up its promise of introducing revolutionary reforms in health sector, Government of Khyber PK has taken a bold a courageous step and handed over all powers to Medical Institutions under the Medical Teaching Institutions Act 2015 for the sake of good governance and they are not interfering in hospital affairs. Now every institution is run by autonomous Board of Governors. To be a member of the BOG he or she should not be a government servant, not a political figure, they must be professionals from different fields and they are selected by a committee formed by the Government. Credit for all this goes to Prof. Nosherwan K.Burki an eminent pulmonary physician from United States who is behind all these initiatives. Prof. Burki is a strict disciplinarian, who does not believe in compromises and he now heads the Board of Governors of Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. 

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We have no future direction, vision and strategy in dental education-Ahsan Sethi

KARACHI: A seminar on Dental Education was part of the scientific programme of the AEME Conference on Medical Education held from March 3-5, 2017. Organized on second day of the conference at the Jinnah Sindh Medical University, it was chaired by eminent dental surgeons Prof. Mervyn Hosein Dean College of Dentistry at Ziauddin Medical University along with Prof. Saqib Rashid, President of Pakistan Dental Association. The invited guest speakers included Dr. Ahsan Sethi from Khyber Medical University and Prof. Ayyaz Ali Khan from Federal Dental College, Islamabad.

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Viral eradication is the primary goal in HCV Treatment-Wasim Jafari

KARACHI: Patient selection, timely diagnosis, timely availability of DAAS, effective measures to keep pace with the world are extremely important while viral eradication is the primary goal in HCV Treatment. This was stated by Prof. Wasim Jafri an eminent gastroenterologist from Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi. He was delivering a State of the Art lecture on “Hepatitis-C from 1989-2017 and Beyond” at the first plenary session during the recent held 33nd Annual congress of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy held from March 9-11, 2017. This session was chaired by Prof. M. Saeed Quraishy President of the Society along with Prof. Aamir Ghafoor Khan.

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We need to create a balance between technology and bedside teaching - Prof. Farhat Abbas

KARACHI: Prof. Hafeezullah Khan Vice Chancellor of Khyber Medical University was the first speaker in the plenary session held at Aga Khan University during the AEME Conference 2017 on March 4, 2017. The topic of his presentation was Effects of Technology on Teaching and Learning which he said has now progressed from acquisition to participation in learning. There has been lot of advances in information technology. Student’s population is growing and there has been an increase in tuition fee. Patient safety and accountability have become much more important. Today it is the knowledge production era and learning facilitation besides knowledge management.  He also talked about coaching and mentoring.

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True leader is a person who ‘Model the way’ he want others to work- Sohail Zindani

KARACHI: True Leader is a person who make things simpler and model the way he/she want other to perform instead of ordering or directing. This was stated by Mr. Sohail Zindani, a renowned motivational speaker during an exclusive leadership workshop ‘Embracing the Leaders’. This workshop was organized by Institute of Leadership Excellence (ILE) in collaboration with National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on March 18, 2017.

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President Mamoon Hussain urges doctors to uphold professional ethics, serve ailing humanity with devotion and dedication

ISLAMABAD: President Mamoon Hussain has called upon the healthcare professionals to uphold profession ethics, desist from strikes and agitation, serve the ailing humanity with devotion and dedication and do not make patients wait for too long as their time was also precious. He was addressing the Second Convocation of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University held here at the Convention Center on March 7, 2017. The convocation was attended by faculty and students of all the affiliated medical and dental colleges of SZABMU. Also present on this occasion were the Chairman of Higher Education Commission Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad and President of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri.

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Fatty Liver

"I was quite shocked when neither the radiologist nor the doctor explained me what this fatty liver was except that consider it near normal" said Mrs. Khan. "if this is nothing to worry or is normal then why am I having pain in my upper abdomen just below my ribs?"

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The Muslim Doctor by Prof. Muhammad Idrees Anwar

RAWALPINDI: “The Muslim Doctor” authored by Prof. Muhammad Idrees Anwar is an excellent informative book which can serve as a guide for ethical medical practice and good professional behavior for the healthcare professionals. The author has tried to emphasize the importance of being a good human being and virtues of a kind hearted competent, intelligent healthcare professional who has mastered the art of not only good communication skills but also good listening skills. Based on his personal observations and experience, he has also supplemented all this with references from Quran, Hadees and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales

USA: The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. Glaxo is also expected to admit failing to report safety problems with the diabetes drug Avandia in a district court in Boston says a report appearing in Guardian. Multinational pharmaceutical firms often claim that they are regulated by the IFPMA Code of ethics, one wonders where that Code is.

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An excerpt from "Silent Musings"

Boys in the villages and in most of the cities were circumcised by barbers in those days. I myself, my two elder brothers, all my cousins and nephews have been the victims of the barber’s open razor. None of us, luckily, contracted tetanus that still flourishes in our rural environment and claims many lives. 

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Healthcare professionals should emphasize on safe practices-Dr. Nasir Saleem Saddal

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals should emphasize on safe practices to avoid infections. Training of healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics in particular needs to be further strengthened. This was stated by Dr. Nasir Saleem Saddal, Professor of Pediatric Surgery at National Institute of Child Health Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with their on-going campaign against Hepatitis spread, at a meeting held at Otsuka Head Office on March 28, 2017. 

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Sahiwal Medical College hosts Physiology conference

SAHIWAL: The 15th Biennial International Pakistan Physiological Society Conference was held at Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal on 25th-26th February 2017. Principal SLMC & Chairman Organizing Committee Prof. Dr. Zafar H Tanveer and his team had made excellent arrangements for the conference which proved to be a great success. It attracted a large number of teachers in physiology from various medical institutions of the country from Karachi to Azad Jammu Kashmir.

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