PM&DC is determined to restore Merit and Crackdown on Corruption at all cost - Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri

LAHORE: President Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Prof. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri has reiterated that the council was determined to restore merit and crackdown on corruption at all cost. The previous PM&DC set up had made a mess and destroyed everything. We have now taken some measures to streamline the functioning of the PM&DC, it is taking time but we are hopeful to overcome all the hurdles which are being created by vested interests. He was inaugurating the First International Medical conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College held here from February 3-5, 2017.

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NAFLD is quite common and going to be the leading cause of liver transplant in future

KARACHI: Prof. Khalid Mahmood a noted physician who recently retired and Dean and Head of the Dept. of Medicine from Dow University of Health Sciences was one of the invited guest speakers at the JPMC’s 52nd annual symposium. He also chaired this session devoted to Medicine. His presentation was on Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) which was an excellent detailed review of the subject. NAFLD-NASH, Prof. Khalid Mahmood opined has now become an epidemic and it is going to be a major cause of cirrhosis of liver in the days to come. It is going to be rampant all over the world and those suffering from it will require liver transplant. With the availability of oral medication for HCV, it is hoped this will be eradicated from the developing countries by the year 2030 while numerous preparations for HBV are also currently in the pipeline.

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Mushroom growth of medical colleges has undermined quality of medical education-Saira Afzal

LAHORE: Mushroom growth of medical and dental colleges in the country has undermined the quality of medical and dental education to a great extent. We are taking steps to improve the situation but the owners of these institutions also need to put in their efforts to improve teaching and training facilities. This was stated by Ms Saira Afzal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. She was speaking at the concluding session of the First International Medical Conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College held here from February 3-5, 2017.  She called upon the owners of these private medical institutions to stop selling the seats.

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BDI should be repaired within 48 hours, if not then it is better to do it after 4-6 weeks-Prof. Saeed Qureshi

KARACHI: The session devoted to Surgery during the JPMC’s 52nd annual symposium held recently was chaired by Prof. Irshad Waheed along with Dr. Shamim Qureshi and Prof. Shafiqur Rehman from Ziauddin Medical University. Prof. Saeed Qureshi from DUHS/CHK was the first speaker who made a presentation on biliary diseases. He discussed in detail the management of Bile Duct Injuries, what the best time for repair is and who should repair it. BDI management, he said, has to be a multidisciplinary team work. The issues and factors which matter in the outcome include inflammation, operative technique, technical problems, surgeons’ learning curve, surgeon’s mindset, laparoscopic equipment because sometime second hand equipment is used which may break down.

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Excerpts from Silent Musings

My future brother-in-law, Malik Arif, sent me from Pakistan an advertisement in late 1969 that read: --- Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the posts of assistant professors and senior registrars in general medicine and in obstetrics & gynecology in various medical colleges of West Pakistan. applicants from abroad may apply on plain paper within four weeks.

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PPMA for retaining drugs regulatory mechanism with Federal Government

KARACHI: Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association wish that the Drugs regulatory mechanism should stay with the Federal Government and provinces should not get involved with it even after the devolution of Health. This was stated by Central Chairman of PPMA Dr. Kaiser Waheed while addressing a press conference here last week.

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Speakers highlight the use of Statins, Aspirin therapy in reducing morbidity and mortality in CVD

HYDERABAD: Department of Cardiology at Isra University Hyderabad organized a session on Cardiology Update on January 21, 2016. Prof. Feroze Memon was the convener of the symposium. Dr. Syed Ali Raza from Zia Uddin University Karachi was the first speaker who talked about Systemic Hypertension. He pointed out that lot of changes have occurred in the measurement of blood pressure. It is important to decide what level of control we wish to achieve.  Poor medication adherence is a problem. Isolated systolic hypertension remains the main problem which contributes more to morbidity and mortality. 

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Medical Education in Pakistan has become a business-Prof. Shabbir Lehri

KARACHI: Situation of medical education in Pakistan has been deteriorated due to corruption and lack of qualified faculty in some of the medical and Dental Colleges which has been established in rented buildings and Banglows. Even Sugar and Ghee Mills owners have entered in this business. This was stated by Prof. Shabbir Ahmed Lehri, President Pakistan Medical & Dental Council while speaking at the inaugural session of the International Conference on Bridging the Gap in primary Health Care Innovations, Translation and Beyond, organised by of Ziauddin University at Karachi from February 3-5, 2017.

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