KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center has made us proud by offering exceptional healthcare services. It should offer us some guidelines how to make availability of healthcare more practical so that the people visiting the various healthcare facilities get quality care. Despite the fact that the government was spending lot of resources on over two thousand healthcare facilities functioning in the province, was doing its best to eradicate polio, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Malaria besides controlling HIV and AIDS but it does not reflect positively as regards our health indicators. This was stated by Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro, Health Minister, Government of Sindh while inaugurating the 52nd Annual Symposium of JPMC here on January 16, 2017.
LAHORE: Death of a diabetic hypertensive elderly lady who was also suffering from kidney disease at Jinnah Hospital Lahore few days ago which was highlighted in the media, has prompted the government to initiate action against some healthcare professionals and the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital. While initiating measures to ensure monitoring and accountability of the healthcare professionals is a welcome step but great care needs to be taken to ensure that their respect and dignity is not undermined under any circumstances.
LAHORE: A four member delegation from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Healthcare Commission recently visited Lahore and had detailed discussions with the PHCC team. The delegation was given a detailed briefing about the working of the PHC, its various departments, challenges of the health sector and functions. The PHC has offered to extend every possible help to the KPHC. Later it decided to follow the Minimum Service Delivery Standards set by PHCC and replicate clinical governance in the province says a communication received from PHCC.
KARACHI: Management of Darul Sehat Hospital affiliated with Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry at Karachi is continuing its efforts to add new services besides improving and expanding the existing services at the hospital to provide quality of care to the patients. The latest addition is a most modern well equipped Endoscopy Suite and Day Care Center. It was formally inaugurated by Prof.Wasim Jafari an eminent Gastroenterologist, from Dept. of Medicine and Associate Dean at Aga Khan University, on January 14, 2017.
Hereditary Neuromuscular disorders in Pakistan are common due to consanguineous marriages-Dr.Sara Khan
KARACHI: Dr. Alam along with Dr. Mamoona Siddiqui chaired the session devoted to Genetic testing and Genetic disorders during the recently concluded 16th Neurology Update 2016 organized by Pakistan Society of Neurology in collaboration with Pakistan Stroke Society, Pakistan Headache Society, Movement Disorders Society of Pakistan and Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation here from December 22-25, 2016. Dr. Sara Khan from Aga Khan University was the first speaker whose presentation was on Current and future trends for Neuro Muscular Medicine in Pakistan. She also talked about the Asian Oceania Myology Center which was established in January 2001. Prof. Nonaka is the President.
SAHIWAL: Government of Punjab has embarked upon an ambitious programme of expansion and improving health services in the province wherein establishment of new medical colleges in various districts is destined to play a key role in providing tertiary healthcare facilities to the people near their homes. Sahiwal Medical College is one of the newly established undergraduate medical colleges in public sector in the province which is perhaps the most well equipped and adequately staffed medical institution. Spread over an area of sixty two acres of land in the heart of the city, it has an impressive multistory building housing academic and administration blocks, library, conference room, lecture rooms and laboratories. Though the college was established in November 2010 but it was shifted to the new campus in December 2014. The DHQ Hospital and Hajji Abdul Qayum Hospitals were designated as teaching hospitals.
Drugs are used quite often irrationally in Pakistan, not only by the general practitioners /family physicians but also by many specialists. One major factor is the prevailing therapeutic deficit in the knowledge of medical practitioners due to non existence of the departments of clinical therapeutics/ clinical pharmacology. This clinical specialties like cardiology, gastroenterology etc. is essential component of the teaching hospitals and also of general hospitals in UK as recommended by the World Health Organization experts committee. The other reason is unbridled aggressive promotion of drugs by the pharmaceutical companies due to the lack of overseeing of the drug watch-dog body.
GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new series of recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care in order to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience
Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even 4 years later. The findings were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
GENEVA: Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products, according to the report titled Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of “free sugars” and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
A new analysis reveals that for most women, the risk of dying from cervical cancer is higher than previously thought. Unlike prior estimates that also included women who had undergone a hysterectomy and were therefore no longer at risk, this analysis only included women with a cervix. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed significant racial differences in the risk of dying from cervical cancer.
KARACHI: Prof. Ejaz Ahmad from SIUT was the first speaker at the Plenary Session during the 52nd annual symposium of JPMC held here from January 16-19, 2017. The topic of his presentation was Preventive aspects of renal diseases. Giving a nephrologist’s perspective Prof. Ejaz said that out of 7265 patients registered for dialysis at SIUT, so far 50% have died, 18% were lost to follow up and 30% were being maintained on dialysis while 2% have recovered. Renal transplant remains the ultimate treatment and so far about five thousand renal transplants have been performed at SIUT but the number of patients was continuously increasing.
Pakistan is facing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases hence you need to adopt best practices-Tony Heagerty
KARACHI: Pakistan is facing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases like United Kingdom hence you need to adopt best practices. In future the target for acceptable blood pressure control with or without diabetes will be reduced to 130mmHg and for those patients who have a blood pressure of 130-139mmHg, use of statins should be considered for primary prevention. This was stated by Prof. Tony Heagerty, Professor of Medicine and Head of Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at University of Manchester, UK.
Information on significant properties of pharmaceutical tablets, such as their mechanical strength and dissolution, can now be obtained without resorting to the conventional, time-consuming and destructive testing methods, according to a new study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. A new structural descriptive parameter based on terahertz (THz) time-domain techniques allow for a non-invasive detection of pharmaceutical tablet parameters, constituting a research breakthrough in the field of pharmacy.
KARACHI: Fluid & Electrolytes is a delicate subject and it is important to educate the healthcare professionals about its clear understanding. GPs who are the first to receive patients suffering from Diarrhea, vomiting, minor trauma and other diseases in particular should be conversant with their use. This was stated by Dr. Asif Qureshi, Professor and Head Department of Surgery at Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry/Darul Sehat Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on 30th January 2017.