PIMA International Convention 2014

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PIMA International Convention 2014


ISLAMABAD: The 23rd international convention of PIMA was held on April 5 to 6 at Jinnah convention centre Islamabad. It was attended by more than 2000 delegates from Pakistan, with delegates from Bangladesh, America, Malaysia, Indonesia and Afghanistan. The basic aim of this 2-day convention was to enlighten doctors with up-to-date knowledge in various fields of medicine, and to guide doctors on character building according to Islamic principles entailed in the Quran and Sunnah. It is essential that they follow Islamic ethics during their practice if they wish to be called true Muslims. Eighteen scientific sessions were arranged by highly experienced doctors who enlightened participants up-to-date in the various fields of medicine. In addition, lectures on Islamic teachings and character building for doctors were also arranged by scholars.
One day before the convention, 6 pre convention workshops were held at different institutions of the twin cities in which doctors from hospitals, medical colleges and international delegates participated. Topics of these pre convention workshops were: ethics in medical practice: an Islamic perspective; Research methodology; communication skills in medical education; minimal invasive surgery; electrocardiogram and basic life support (BLS).
Doctors took a lot of interest in the 18 scientific sessions on the occasion of the convention. Altogether 160 speakers were invited, who presented their views on different topics, and answered questions from the participants. These sessions were held on Surgery, Cardiology, Dentistry, Gastroenterology / Hapotology, Mother and Child Health, Hypertension, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Musculoskeletal disorders, Nephrology, Diabetes, Pain Management and free papers sessions.
The convention started with deliberations of the renowned scholar Khalil ur Rehman Chishti on “Understanding the Quran”. The special guest of the inaugural session was the minister for planning, development and reforms, Prof Ehsan Iqbal. The welcome address was given by the central president PIMA, Dr Misbahul Aziz, who introduced PIMA and highlighted problems being faced by doctors. He expressed concern about increased kidnapping and murder of doctors especially in Baluchistan and interior Sindh. He appealed to the Govt. to provide security to doctors. Prof Ahsan Iqbal in his speech presented the next five year health and education plan. He announced that spending on education and health will be doubled in the next five years and that steps to create awareness about diseases through campaigns would be carried out. He urged doctors to strive for concrete activities so that heart diseases, diabetes and hepatitis etc. are brought under control. At the end Prof Muhammad Iqbal Khan, organizing secretary, welcomed the participants who had come from abroad and within Pakistan. The moderator of this session was Prof. Hafeez ur Rehman.
The thematic talk was given by former chief secretary of KPK & former chairman Public Service Commission, Mr. Abdullah, a renowned scholar. He said that in an Islamic society progress in health and education was always achieved through spending in the way of Allah (). He said that Allah SWT had given standards for the good and bad to all humans. This understanding of what is good and bad is inborn. The person who remembers Allah on all occasions and who keeps this standard in mind all the time is held to be wise. Spending in the way of Allah is a result of this remembrance of Allah on all occasions. The moderator of this session was Prof. Sohail Akhtar.
The chairman of the 3rd session was Prof Najib ul Haq of Peshawar Medical College and chief speaker was Prof of Cardiology from Malaysia, Prof. Abdul Rashid Abdul Rehman. He spoke on ‘Ibadah-friendly medical practice’. He informed participants about the experience of the Islamic hospital consortium of Malaysia in this regard. He advised the doctors to make arrangements for Ibadah activities, especially salah, in their hospitals for patients, paramedical staff and fellow doctors so that patients attention is directed to the ultimate healer, Allah. The moderator of this session was Prof. Muhammad Afzal Mian.
The chairman of the 4th plenary session was Prof Ijaz Khattak of Khyber Medical College. Guest speaker on this occasion was president Islamic Hospital Consortium Malaysia, Prof. Ishaq Masood. He spoke on “The Concept and Implication of Islamic Hospital”. The other guest speaker was chief of Urology and Transplant at Shifa International Prof Saeed Akhtar. His topic was “Resuscitation Training in Pakistan” The Missing Link”. The president of Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA), Dr Tanveer ul Hassan Zubairi gave an introduction to FIMA and its activities. Mr. Kamal Abu Shamsi, a Palestinian born Muslim-Chaplain working in the US, gave a speech on “Islamic Medical Ethics”.
During his speech, Prof Ishaq Masood said doctors should not only pay attention to the diseases of their patients but also understand their other problems. He also advised doctors that they should spend more time with their patients and satisfy them with regard to their health. He said that in addition to treating the patient, doctors should enlighten them spiritually. If they do so they will come closer to Allah. While speaking about salient feature of an Islamic hospital, he stressed that Islam has given a complete guide to the medical profession. In the light of this guidance doctors should strive harder to find out solutions to medical issues. Dr Kamal Abu Shamsi opined that doctors give less time to their patients, at times neglecting them completely. He said this attitude must end because Islam lays stress on character in the light of which giving more time to patients is mandatory.
In his address, Prof Saeed Akhtar said that resuscitation training facilities must be available in all hospitals and institutes so that doctors, paramedical staff and patients are well versed in it and the patients may not suffer. He said that hospital teams should display discipline at times of emergency. This can only we done if facilities available are properly arranged and ready for the occasion.
Dr. Tanveer ul Hassan Zubairi introduced FIMA to the audience and outlined its activities. He said that FIMA member IMAs are present in 30 countries of the world. The organization was involved in medical research, medical education, relief camps and other activities. Such activities were being praised everywhere. At the end of the first day of the convention, a literary session was held, by Prof Anwar Masood and Prof Inam ul Haq Javed. The audience was enthralled by their lighter sided poetry. Dr. Hameed Mumtaz Durrani was moderator of the occasion.
The 2nd day of the convention started with Dars-e-Quran by the DG Islamic Research Institute International Islamic University, Islamabad, Prof Sohail Hassan. After this central president PIMA Dr Misbahul Aziz presented the two-year activities report. He said that CMEs, Training Workshops and character building activities were being regularly held by PIMA all over the country. According to him, 120 CME’s were held during the last two years. In addition to this, 60 Quran Fehmi programs were being held on monthly and fortnightly basis all over the country. He said that mobile medical units were arranged by PIMA in famine-stricken Thar, earthquake affected Awaran and for affectees of floods in Sindh. Volunteer doctors of PIMA offered their services on all these occasions. In addition to this, PIMA was running 3 hospitals in Mansehra and Muzaffarabad where medical facilities were available at nominal charges to patients yet a lot more work was needed in this regard.
Former president PIMA and President Al-Khidmat Foundation Prof. Hafeez ur Rehman gave a speech on “The concept of relief; an Islamic perspective”. He said that saving humanity was not merely a volunteer activity but a duty for Muslims just like prayers and fasting. Dr Saeedullah Shah, cardiologist at the Shifa International Hospital Islamabad gave an overview on recent trends in anti coagulation services which, are not organized presently in Pakistan. He offered support and training for hospitals which were interested in this field.
An important session of the second day was a dialogue on “Muslim Ummah, current challenges and the way forward”. This program was presided over by Mr Raja Zafar ul Haq, leader of the House in the Senate. Other guests on the occasion were Mr Siraj ul Haq, senior minister of KPK, and Mr. Orya Maqbool Jan, senior journalist. Abdul Ghaffar Aziz was moderator of the occasion. According to the speakers, the whole nation was divided and facing difficulties due to non availability of justice. Doctors, they said, should strive for unity in the country in addition to striving for professional enhancement; they could play an important role in this regard being a respected segment of the society. Non availability of proper leadership was a big problem which needs to be tackled for the sake of Pakistan.
The last (business) session of the convention was presided over by Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, VC of Riphah International University. Election result for the next president and shoora of PIMA for the next 2 years was announced. Prof Sohail Akhtar (Professor of Medicine, Ziauddin University Karachi) was elected as president for the session 2014-16. Members of the newly elected CEC (shoora) for the new session included 11 doctors from Punjab, 10 from Sindh, 6 from Khyber PK, 2 from Azad Kashmir and 1 from Balochistan. These are Dr. Tariq Ismail (Lahore), Dr. Irfanullah Malik (Rajan Pur), Dr. Sarwar Chaudhry (Multan), Dr. Intizar Hussain Butt (Lahore), Dr. Abdul Hafeez Kardar (Faisalabad), Dr. Muhammad Saleem Ghauri (Faisalabad), Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Khan (Islamabad), Dr. Arshad Munir (Faisalabad), Dr. Fakhar uz Zaman (Lahore), Dr. Tahir Butt (Sialkot), Dr. Ahmed Salman Ghauri (Karachi), Dr. Abdul Majeed Memon (Sukkur), Dr. Abdul Aziz Memon (Sukkur), Dr. Abdullah Khilji (Shikarpur), Dr. Tabassum Jafri (Karachi), Dr. Ahmer Hamid (Karachi), Dr. Azeemuddin (Karachi), Dr. Khashif Shazli (Karachi), Dr. Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab (Jacobabad), Dr. Atif Hafeez (Karachi), Dr. Abdul Malik (Peshawar), Dr. Sajid Hanif (Kohat), Dr. Fazl e Azeem (Bunair), Dr. Abdul Rehman (Lower Dir), Dr. Gulshan Hussain (Swat), Dr. Muhammad Qasim (Mansehra), Dr. Ghulam Mutaza Bukhari (Mirpur) and Dr. Muhammad Usman Khan (Poonch)
In the end Prof. Anis Ahmad praised PIMA for arranging such a successful convention. He also congratulated the incoming president and shoora and prayed for their success. He presented shields to the in charges of organizing committees and PIMA office staff. Nine eye specialists of POB Trust were also given Excellency award on this occasion for their exemplary services to humanity.