Doctors should mentor Pharmacists and utilize their expertise to ensure safe medications

KARACHI: Pharmacists are the key stake holders in medication management system. Members of the medical profession particularly the senior physicians should mentor them and utilize their expertisein ensuring safe medications which will reduce the chances of medication errors to a great extent and thus ensure patient safety. This was stated by Mr. A. Latif Sheikh an eminent pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy Services at Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi. He was speaking on “Transforming the Pharmacy into a strategic Asset” at a meeting organized by PharmAssist an entity established by PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals at Karachi on November 4, 2015.

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Unreasonable expectations, unexpected outcome, communication failure, human error, substandard care were major reasons

KARACHI: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) formally released its report on violence against healthcare professionals in Karachi at a meeting held on November 13th 2015. Sindh Health Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar was the chief guest while Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, representative or the civil society, government officials, healthcare professionals, representatives of emergency services including Ambulance service and media was also present. The study was conducted by ICRC in collaboration with Jinnah Sindh University, JPMC, Ziauddin University and Aga Khan University.

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Theories about learning are ignored, misunderstood and misused in medical education- Janet Grant

LAHORE: Dr. Janet Grant from UK was the first speaker in the plenary session on first day of the 2nd international conference on medical educaiotn organized by Council for Collaboration for Medical Educaiotn (CCME) at University of Health Sciences Lahore form October 29-31st 2015.  Topic of her presentation was Learning Theories, Curriculum integration and the Transition to Practice. This session was chaired by Prof. Sardar Fakhar Imam Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Medical University along with Prof. Kazi M. Saeed.

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UHS and its affiliated institutions organize 1578 CME programmes from Jan-Oct 2015

LAHORE: University of Health Sciences Lahore is ranked as the second best medical university in Pakistan because of its academic programmes and contributions to research. When the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council decided to introduce Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes with credit hours, UHS had already done its homework hence it was the first institution to be accredited by   PM&DC. Vice Chancellor of UHS Prof. Major Gen. Muhammad Aslam and Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan are both keen and interested in promoting research culture and professional capacity building of healthcare professionals hence  it encourages all its affiliated medical and dental institutions to have a regular CME programmes.

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Hospital Management

The word hospital comes from the Latin hospes, signifying a stranger or foreigner, hence a guest. Another noun derived from this, hospitium came to signify hospitality, that is the relation between guest and shelterer, hospitality, friendliness, hospitable reception.!Thus a relationship of a guest to be sheltered with hospitality. Institutions created specifically to care for the ill  appeared early in India. Fa Xian, a Chinese Buddhist monk who travelled across India in 400 CE, recorded in his travelogue that: The heads of the Vaisya [merchant] families in them establish in the cities houses for dispensing charity and medicine.2

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Healthcare Management with focus on Hospital Management

Healthcare status and its delivery in Pakistan, is almost a century behind that of Developed Nations like America. With the vision to improve the situation by capacity building in healthcare management, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), under the leadership of Dr. Ishrat Husain and Mr. Izhar Hussain (Director CEE) took initiative in 2014, to establish a healthcare management unit at IBA. Under this unit, the first course launched in 2014 was a Post-graduate diploma (PGD) program in healthcare management (focus in Hospital Management).

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Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and costly disease-Dr. Samad Shera

KARACHI: Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and costly disease and currently there are 387 million people living with diabetes worldwide. By 2035, the number will rise to 592 million. Diabetes had resulted in five million deaths in 2015 and every six seconds a person dies from diabetes and diabetes related complications. This was stated by Dr. A. Samad Shera, Secretary General Diabetic Association of Pakistan and Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes while speaking at World Diabetes Day  function organized by DAP at a local hotel here on November 15, 2015.

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Patients with depression spends 94% of their time with cognitive symptoms-Farid Aslam Minhas

KARACHI: Lundbeck Pakistan organized the second workshop in the series of THINC Expert Forumas a part of the 100 Years Celebrations at Karachi on November 7th 2016. Prof. S. Haroon Ahmad an eminent psychiatrist was the chief guest on this occasion and the meeting attracted psychiatrists from Quetta, interior of Sindh and Karachi. Dr. Shehla Alvi from United Medical & Dental College was the moderator of the first session. In her introductory remarks she said that by 2030 Depression is going to be the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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HCPs are keen to promote Low Dose Aspirin Therapy in its well established indications

MULTAN: Pakistan Aspirin Foundation organized Group Discussions on Medial Uses of Aspirin at Rahim Yar Khan on November 16th, at Bahawalpur on November 17th and at Multan on November 18th 2015.It was attended by a select group of cardiologists, physicians, surgeons, gynecologists, neuro physicians, General Practitioners besides plastic surgeons. These meetings were sponsored by M/s Atco Laboratories and it generated lot of useful discussion providing an opportunity to the participants to share their knowledge and experience with the use of Aspirin.

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Prof. Bashir Ahmad MBBS, FRCS.

Pakistan’s second senior most neurosurgeon after Prof. O. V. Jooma, Prof,and Bashir died in December 2014 of acute myocardial infarction. Prof. Bashir was born at Jallandher (India) in 1934, did M.B.B.S from K.E. Medical Collage, Lahore in 1957. Afterwards he proceeded to UK and got his training in Newcastle upon Tyne from a famous neurosurgeon Prof. Rowbathom and passed F.R.C.S in 1964. When he expressed his wish to come back, Prof. Lt. Col.Najib Khan Principal of Nishtar Medical College Multan sent him an appointment letter. He came back to Pakistan and joined asAsstt.Prof of neurosurgeryat Nishtar Medical Collage Multan.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Pricking of IV Preparation must be discouraged which will help to control rapid increase of Hepatitis in Pakistan. Efforts should also be made to educate General Physicians because there is no CME programs for them besides any check and balance form the PM&DC. Ethical practices and emphasis on prevention of the diseases are important to prevent Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. These views were expressed by Dr. M. Owais Ismail, Professor of Pharmacology, Ziauddin University and Secretary to Medical Board of Kutyana Memon Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on November 24, 2015.

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World Diabetes Day at SSIDE

KARACHI: A seminar was organized at Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi, by Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (SSIDE) to celebrate “World Diabetes Day.”Dr. A. Samad Shera was the chief guest while Guests of honor were Dr. Moin-ud-din Shaikh, Prof. Abdul Basit and Dr. Saeed A. Mahar.

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