HCPs asked to listen to their conscience and practice ethical medicine

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CME meeting at Dr. Essa Lab and Diagnostic Center

HCPs asked to listen to their conscience
and practice ethical medicine

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals in general and Family Physicians, General Practitioners in particular should listen to their conscience and practice ethical medicine. Do not ask for un-necessary investigations and laboratory tests which makes the healthcare costly which many patients cannot afford, hence they go to quacks which promotes quackery. This was stated by Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor of Pulse International while speaking at the CME meeting organized by Dr. Essa Lab. and Diagnostic Center at its North Nazimabad Campus on November 25th 2014.

He further requested the healthcare professionals to listen to the patient’s complaints patiently, take complete history and go for comprehensive clinical examination following clinical skills which will help them in making correct diagnosis in most of the cases. Then they can confirm it with certain tests and investigations if needed.  It is unfortunate that teaching good Clinical Skills, he said, was not given due importance in our medical institutions these days. Doctors often criticize the quacks but quackery will not be eliminated until and unless we make the healthcare affordable and easily accessible for the common man. Too many tests and investigations making the healthcare expensive works against their own interests hence it is extremely important that they should try to uphold professional ethics and practice ethical medicine, he remarked.

Earlier Dr. Adil from Abbasi Shaheed Hospital talked about Hepatitis B & C.  Inflammation of the liver, he said is caused by viral infections. Vaccines are an available for Hepatitis-A and B but no vaccine is available for Hepatitis-C. Some of the common symptoms of HBV and HCV are tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, depression, itching, pale stool and jaundice. Risk factors include blood and product products, surgery, infusions, dialysis, and intravenous drug abuse etc. It can be acute and chronic but fulminant form has greater mortality. Cirrhosis, Jaundice, HCC is associated with HBV and HCV.  In HBV almost 15-25% of cases lead to cirrhosis. Ascites is one of the complications of cirrhosis.  In HCV 20-30% will develop cirrhosis after ten to twenty years and about 3% will develop HCC. We are fortunate as most of our cases are of Genotype 3 which responds well to Ribavarin and Interferon. Now oral therapy for Hepatitis-C has also become available which is quite expensive.

Mr. Z. Saigol a renowned businessman also briefly spoke on the occasion. Later Dr. Haseeb Alam thanked the speakers and presented mementoes among the guests.

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