All HCPs should contribute in promoting health education-Masood Hameed Khan

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All HCPs should contribute in promoting
health education-Masood Hameed Khan

We must invest in education which will be an
investment in the future of this Nation

All institutions must have a department of
preventive cardiology-Prof. Hafeezullah

KARACHI: All Healthcare Professionals should contribute their share in promoting health education. We all have earned enough and now we need to think about the needs of the society and do something for the country. The government is forced to provide higher education at a highly subsidized cost. We all take the best but do not repay anything to the country. This was stated by Prof. Masood Hameed Khan Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health Sciences. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the Cardio Con2014 organized by Pakistan Cardiac Society here from December 25-27th 2014.

Prof. Masood Hameed Khan further opined that there was no point in going rich to the grave. We are all self centered and we have been seeing this now for the last twenty years. All those who get medical education in public sector medical and dental colleges pay a highly subsidized fee and when they qualify, they are not willing to repay anything back to this country. We need to invest in education which will be an investment in the future of this Nation because at present lack of education was one of the important problems.

Earlier Prof. Hafeezullah Khan President of Pakistan Cardiac Society in his address said that PCS has rich history and brilliant future. We have a role to play and we have the potential. We must train our younger lot in higher values in profession. Prevention of cardiovascular diseases was extremely important. According to World Heart Federation, they plan to reduce mortality from cardiovascular diseases by 25% by the Year 2025. At present Non-Communicable Diseases account for 59% of total disease burden. In Pakistan myocardial infarction occurs at a much younger age and we have more risk factors. We need to plan a strategy for control of non-communicable diseases. He emphasized the importance of salt reduction, use of healthy diet and regular exercise. With appropriate drug therapy and life style changes, we can save up to three million deaths every year. He laid emphasis on establishing Healthy Heart Clinics by GPs Family Physicians. We must have free drug banks for providing anti hypertensive drugs, anti diabetics to those who cannot afford that and train human resources. Academic collaboration, research in cardiovascular diseases, establishing a research fund, quality assurance and credentials were also important. Pakistan Heart Journal, Prof. Hafeezullah said has made tremendous progress and now we have online submission system besides total archives of the past issues for many years. He advised the presenters to submit their papers to PHJ for publication.

Prof. Khalida Soomro Convener of the conference in her welcome address thanked all those who had provided help and assistance in organizing the event. Healthy Environment for Healthy Heart, she said, has been selected as the theme of the conference in which one hundred fifty papers will be presented by various speakers. Prof. Azhar M. A.Farooqui and Dr. Syed Nadeem Qamar also briefly addressed the audience. Later Prof. Surg. M. Rehman who has contributed a great deal to the development of cardiac surgery programme in Pakistan was presented Life Time Achievement Award while an Award was also presented to Prof. Asadullah Kundi who was the first FCPS in Cardiology.
Scientific programme of the conference consisted of special sessions devoted to Treating STEMI successfully, joint scientific session with ACC and APCNA, Coronary Artery Disease, Live Inbox Demonstrations, cardiac surgery, preventive cardiology, interactive discussion on Best and Worst Cases presented by various presenters. Detailed reports on some of the presentations in the scientific sessions to follow.

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