Fear of God, having empathy for human beings and ethical medical practice makes a Good Doctor-Sohail Akhtar

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 PIMA Conference 2016

Fear of God, having empathy for human beings and ethical
medical practice makes a Good Doctor-Sohail Akhtar

Adibul Hassan Rizvi pays tributes to late Maulana Abdul Sattar Edhi

By Mubarak Ali

KARACHI: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) dedicated the inaugural session of their two-day medical conference “Karachi Con-16” to late Maulana Abdus Sattar Edhi to pay tribute to the internationally renowned social worker and to highlight the importance of service to ailing humanity and relief work in case of natural and manmade disasters in the country and abroad. Chairman of the Akhuwat Foundation Dr. Amjad Saqib presented the thematic lecture on theme of the conference while Prof. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman delivered a talk on “Social Responsibility in Islam and Doctors”. Mr. Faisal Edhi was the Chief Guest in the inaugural session while Prof. Adibul Hasan Rizvi and Prof. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo were the guest of honors.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Faisal Edhi said that we must put aside our prejudices while serving humanity otherwise we will not be able to achieve anything. Pakistan can’t be saved despite its sacredness and nobility if we marginalize people on the basis of our prejudices. He recalled that hundreds of people died during a devastating earthquake in Mashkey area of Awaran, Baluchistan in 2013 because there was no fully-equipped and modern hospital in the entire Awaran area and many of the people died due to excessive bleeding, absence of timely medical treatment and surgeries required within a few hours after sustaining serious injuries.


Prof.  Adibul Hasan Rizvi , Dr. Amjad Saqib,  Prof. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Prof. Iqbal Afridi,  Dr. Sohail Akhtar, and
Dr. Atif  Hafeez  Siddiqui speaking at the “Karachi Con-16” organized by  Pakistan Islamic Medical Association at
Karachi from November 26-27, 2016. On right Prof. A.G. Billoo along with Dr. Abdul Malik, President PIMA (C)
presenting Conference memento to Mr. Faisal Edhi who was the Chief Guest in the inaugural session.

Mr. Faisal Edhi urged doctors to serve the ailing humanity without discriminating on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity or cast. That is what was taught to us by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and that was what practiced and preached by Maulana Abdus Sattar Edhi. He further stated that Maulana Edhi never wanted to get treated at any private hospital as majority of Pakistani poor people could not visit such health facilities and added that on several occasions, he had to be assured that SIUT was part of Civil Hospital Karachi where he received treatment and took his last breath. We need to improve the public health institutions to serve the masses and other than that, we have no other option available to ease miseries of ailing and suffering humanity in Pakistan. He also thanked PIMA for dedicating their Karachi Conference to late Maulana Edhi.

Prof. Adibul Hasan Rizvi, Director Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) speaking at the occasion lauded Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) for holding such a focused conference for medical professionals in Karachi and said Maulana Edhi even at his death bed, served suffering humanity by donating both of his corneas which were implanted in the eyes of two persons after his demise. Edhi Sahib was the person who brought this scattered nation together and served not only in entire Pakistan but also the outside World and proved that humanity was the biggest cause of his life. Paying rich tribute to Maulana Edhi, Prof. Rizvi informed that Edhi Sahib used to avoid getting dialysis in his last days because he had to collect donations, arrange relief activities and run the affairs of his foundation and even after death, he provided the philosophy of cadaver donation to save lives of other people. Services provided by Edhi Foundation during Earth quake in Muzaffar Abad united the people from all walks of life. Edhi Ambulance service being run by Edhi Foundation is one of the best services in the world, he added.

Prof. Sohail Akhtar, Secretary of the Karachi Con-16 addressing the participants said that PIMA is an organization of doctors who feel proud to be Muslims and also serve humanity without any discrimination. It was established in 1979 by a group of twenty five doctors and now has five thousand members. PIMA was running two hospitals in earthquake-ravaged areas of Kashmir and KPK including Muzaffarabad and Mansehra while in Karachi it was running a state-of-the-art eye hospital in Karachi besides running a medical and dental college in Peshawar. PIMA is CME awarding body even initiated this concept before PM&DC, started CME Credit hours, he added. He urged the participants to become members of PIMA to achieve its aims and objectives at gross root level. PIMA’s aim is to remind ourselves and colleagues about our real goals, continuous update on medicine, be a good professional, welfare for those in dire need day to day in disasters, raise voice, provide directions in healthcare and do good deeds collectively. Abidance with Islam is from cradle to grave. Islam is not rituals, in fact a way of life, it should be our guide in family life and business where ever we work. Doctor’s life is very hectic, forgetting our real goal s can be easy which needs constant reminders. Being God fearing, having empathy for human beings, practicing ethically makes one a real doctor. Principle is already laid down in Islam, we need to remind ourselves, he added.

Chairman of the Akhuwat Foundation Dr. Amjad Saqib presented the thematic lecture on theme of the conference and asked the doctors community to serve people like Muslims of Madina at the time of Herat. We have created two kind of Pakistan one is for the rich while other is for the poor. Our mission is to alleviate poverty by empowering socially and economically marginalized families through interest free microfinance and by harnessing entrepreneurial potential, capacity building and social guidance. A journey started with ten thousand rupees has now reached to thirty three Billion rupees, benefitted fifteen hundred thousand families. It is one of the biggest Qqarz-e-hasana programs of the World being run by Akhuwat Foundation.

Continuing Dr. Amjad Saqib said that we have 99.9% recovery rate and seventy percent of Qarz-e-hasana borrowers has become Qarz-e-hasana donors and even had provided fifteen crore rupees extra funds. We want to end disparity and for that Akhuwat University and college has been established to provide free education where twenty percent students are enrolled from every province. Our vision is to build poverty free society on the principles of compassion and equity. Qarz-e-hasana is a viable model and a broad-based solution for poverty alleviation. We provide social guidance, capacity building and entrepreneurial training to institutionalize the spirit of brotherhood, compassion, volunteerism with no discrimination for Qarz-e-hasana he added.

Prof. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman delivered a talk on ‘Social Responsibility in Islam and Doctors’. Muslim doctors, he stated must be professionally competent, balanced, responsible, accountable, beneficent to the patients and community. They must be doctor beyond duty, doctor beyond treatment with holistic outlook and responsibility. Allah is asking for charity, Ibadat, Worship and muamlat. If we have right belief, offer Namaz, give Zakat and play our role for the welfare of the humanity, we will be rewarded because we have done the right thing, he added.

Prof. A.G Billoo speaking at the occasion said that potential is not a problem in Pakistan. We have the personalities for which we are proud off. I have learnt a lot from Late. Abdul Sattar Edhi to establish HANDS an NGO which have provided one hundred thousand houses in twenty thousand villages in interior of Sindh and spent rupees twelve Billion annually. PIMA is a very well organized Body of healthcare providers which also take care of our spiritual health and I am Khadim of PIMA, he added.

Prof. Iqbal Afridi, Chairman of the conference in his welcome address said that the theme of the conference is unique; promotion of health should be our motto. Change in gene is taking place and basic building of future medicines includes predictive diseases, preventing diseases, highly precise personalized diagnosis, treatment and participatory treatment where patients play an active role in their healthcare. Health behaviors, balance life style, balance diet, sleep & rest, physical activity & exercise, responsible physical and reproductive activities are very important for better health. We have too many drugs but we need now to come up with certain other innovative products like anti-greedosis, Anti- Jealousemia, anti- Prejudiceres and anti- stigmadosis, Prof. Iqbal Afridi concluded.

To be Continued

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