SAARC Surgical Care Society striving for close relationship between surgical societies of various countries

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SAARC Surgical Care Society striving
for close relationship between surgical
societies of various countries

SAARC Hospital starts functioning in Nepal, similar hospitals
to be established in India, Pakistan-Prof. Rakesh Verma

Multidisciplinary approach in Surgery is the
need of the day - Dr. Saleem Khan

KARACHI: SAARC Surgical Care Society was established in 1990s with the main objective of close relationship between the surgical societies of various countries, exchange of technology and experiences besides upholding the dignity and prestige of surgeons. A 100-bed fully air-conditioned SAARC hospital has been established in Nepal named as Chitwan Hospital for which Prof. Majeed Chaudhry from Pakistan donated lot of instruments. He along with Dr. Khalid also conducted many surgical operations there in October 2013. This was stated by Prof. Rakesh Verma, President of SAARC Surgical Care Society while speaking at the SURGICON 2013 organized by Society of Surgeons Pakistan at CPSP from December 20-22nd 2013. The society will also ensure indemnity to surgeons and arrange their registration with the respective medical councils in these countries, he added. Prof. Verma also disclosed that a SAARC Hospital will soon be established at Amritsar in India and we plan to establish at least one SAARC hospital in each country.
Prof. A.Majid Chaudhry immediate Past President of SAARC Surgical Care Society in his speech on this occasion said that we all miss late Prof. Manzar Saleem today who had contributed a lot to the progress and functioning of Society of Surgeons of Pakistan and had organized numerous surgical conferences. Karachi, he said, is known as a city of academic excellence and we are happy to see that we are back on the track once again. Prof. F.U.Baqai also contributed a lot for the society and the organizers have chalked out an elaborate scientific programme for this conference. We need to concentrate on training of the juniors, he added.
Prof. Irshad Waheed a well known surgeon, former Prof. and Head of the Dept. of Surgery at JPMC who is currently working as Secretary College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and one of the founder members of Society was honoured to be the chief guest on this occasion. He thanked the organizers for this honour and also talked about the establishment of CPSP in 1962 for the benefit of guests from SAARC countries and other foreign delegates. Over 85% specialists in Pakistan, he said, were Fellows and Members of the CPSP. Prof. Irshad Waheed commended the idea of SAARC Hospitals and said that Society of Surgeons of Pakistan was one of the most active specialty organizations in Pakistan which holds clinical meetings every month on regular basis. It was the senior surgeons who had sown the seeds in 1980s and provided a platform for the surgeons to carry on their academic activities, he added.
Prof. Saleem Khan President of Society of Surgeons of Pakistan said that multidisciplinary approach in surgery is the need of the day. Secretary of SAARC Surgical Care Society from Sri Lanka opined that SAARC hospitals could become good centers for training of surgeons. Dr .Mahmood Khan presented Secretary’s report. Besides talking about the accomplishments, he also highlighted the failures of the society in postgraduate training and ensuring ethical behaviour and ethical surgical practice among its members. Prof. Naheed Sultan welcomed the delegates to the conference from all the SAARC countries besides all over Pakistan. Prof. Zakiuddin G. Oonwala Patron of Surgicon 2013 thanked all those who helped the SSP in organizing this conference.
Scientific programme of the conference was spread over numerous sessions and at times there were many concurrent sessions going on. The pre-conference workshops held on December 20th included FAST ultrasound and Cyber knife, colorectal surgery, CBD injuries and Ventral Hernia Repair besides Bariatric surgery. Yet another salient feature of the conference was a Hands on workshop on e Learning conducted by Dr. Masood Jawaid Assistant Professor of Surgery at DIMC at DUHS who is in charge of e Learning at Dow University of Health Sciences.