Medical institutions should promote research culture & improve quality of research

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 National Medical Conference at AZNMC

Medical institutions should promote research
culture & improve quality of research

Preventive measures, use of low dose Aspirin and change
of life style can overcome many diseases-Prof. Nizamuddin

Number of doctors are increasing but we have neglected training
of support staff which play a vital role in healthcare delivery

LAHORE: We need to create medical institutions which promote research culture besides improving the quality of research. Doctors should improve documentation, maintain record of their patients which is extremely helpful in conducting research. We also need to promote preventive measures, use of low dose Aspirin for longer periods and change our lifestyle besides using healthy diet which will overcome numerous diseases. This was stated by Prof. Nizamuddin Chairperson of Punjab Higher Education Commission. He was speaking in the inaugural session of the National Medical Conference organized by Azra Naheed Medical College at Superior University Campus here on April 28th 2018. The meeting organized in collaboration with Pakistan Aspirin Foundation was very well attended by eminent cardiologist’s founder members of the Foundation from all over Pakistan besides faculty and medial students of AZNMC. Harnessing the Cardiovascular Threat was the theme of the conference.


Prof. Sumaira Rehman Rector of Superior University alongwith Prof. M. Akbar Chaudhry Principal
Azra Naheed Medical College presenting a memento to Prof. Nizamuddin Chairman PHEC
at the inaugural session
of National Medical Conference held on April 28th 2018.

Continuing Prof. Nizamuddin said that we need to modify the known risk factors for cardiac diseases, control hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, stress and unhealthy diet. Those with major risk factors are likely to suffer from various heart diseases. National Health Survey conducted in 2011 had shown that over 18% of our population above the age of eighteen years suffer from hypertension, Pakistan at present is at No. six as regards the prevalence of diabetes which is increasing and by 2020 we may be the No.4 country in the world with highest number of people with diabetes. At present about 25% of people over the age of forty five years suffer from diabetes mellitus and prevalence of smoking is reported to be between 14-21% in adolescents and adults. Healthy diet, active life style, staying positive all-day can go a long way in reducing the risk factors for cardiac diseases and diet also helps in attaining a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is caused when we consume more calories than our body burns and abdominal obesity is a major risk factor. He laid emphasis on the fact that exercise alone will not control or reduce weight and modifying the diet was also important.


Prof. Nizamuddin Chairman PHEC presenting mementoes to Prof. Javed Akram outgoing President
of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation and Prof.M. Akbar Chaudhry at the National Medical Conference
organized by AZNMC
in collaboration with Pakistan Aspirin Foundation on April 28, 2018.

Speaking about the higher medical education in Pakistan, Prof. Nizamuddin said that it suffers from some structural problems. We need to establish training institutions for teachers. So far what has been going on is that soon after selection, people start teaching, they need to be trained. We in the Punjab Higher Education Commissions has made a policy that teaching and training should go hand in hand. It is of no use to start teaching without any training. To enhance the quality of higher education, PHEC has plans for post doctorate PhD Fellowship. It is a split programme wherein one can work for two years in Pakistan and then work for one year overseas at leading institutions working under supervisor. We in PHEC are concerned about the quality of education as quality has been compromised which was reflected during the defense of the PhD thesis by the candidates.

Continuing Prof. Nizamuddin said that while we have established numerous medical and dental colleges producing doctors and dentists but training of support staff like nurses, technicians, dental hygienists has been neglected. Ideally there should be five support staff per doctor and for every dental surgeon there should be two to three dental hygienists and no one should be given license to practice without these essential requirements. Doctors should not do everything themselves. They should also involve the senior medical and dental students in research. Fresh medical graduates should also be trained if they wish to establish their own practice. He commended the pre-conference workshop idea which must have enabled to train many participants, he remarked.


Prof. Nizamuddin Chairman PHEC presenting mementoes to Prof. Sumaira Rehman Rector of
Superior University and Dr. Muqqadas Rehman Director Azra Naheed Centre for Research
& Development at
the National Medical Conference held on April 28th, 2018.

Referring to the use of Aspirin to prevent heart diseases, he pointed out that use of low dose Aspirin for longer period reduces the morbidity and mortality from many disease including heart diseases. Our hospitals are gold mine of data which can be used for research. We also need to study whether genetic diseases can be prevented. Involving the community in preventive measures will be quite helpful. Countries like Cuba and Sri Lanka have improved their health indicators tremendously just by concentrating on primary healthcare. Serious complications can also be prevented if the disease are tackled in the initial stages. We also need to study the relationship between different chronic diseases, Prof. Nizamuddin remarked.

Earlier Dr. Muqqadas Rehman Director Azra Naheed Centre for Research & Development said that we feels honoured to be part of this conference. Cardiovascular diseases is a threat worldwide and it is also a great concern in Pakistan. According to reports almost 40% of death in Pakistan is related to heart diseases, hence we need to find indigenous cost effective solutions to these problems. Heart is an integral part of our body and we need to ensure its efficient functioning. Speaking on a lighter note, she remarked that “Heart is on the left side but it cannot be left ignored”. Azra Naheed Centre for Research and Development is playing its role in ensuring healthier society through advanced research.


Atco Laboratories donate some percentage from its Ascard Sales to The Citizen Foundation to promote
education in the country. The picture taken during the recent National Medical Conference organized by
AZNMC at its Superior University Campus shows current and former Presidents of Pakistan Aspirin
Foundation presenting the cheque to the representative of Citizen Foundation. Seen in the picture from
(L to R) are Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra, Mr. Kashif Riaz from Atco Laboratories, representative of Citizen
Foundation, Prof. Abdus Samad, Prof. M. Ishaq, Prof. Javed Akram, and Prof.M. Akbar Chaudhry
and Maj. Gen. (Retd) Ashur Khan.

Prof. Sumaira Rehman Rector of Superior University/Azra Naheed Medical College in her address thanked the chief guest Prof. Nizamuddin for gracing the occasion with his presence and also thanked Pakistan Aspirin Foundation for its collaboration in this academic activity. The basic objective of this conference, she stated, was to create awareness about the diseases most of which are preventable. We need to join hands to control hypertension and diabetes which increase the burden of heart diseases. We must come up with some innovative solutions which are essential for scientific progress in this particular field. Superior University, she further stated has started Health Care Entrepreneurship Programme for its medical students to enable and empower them to deal with these challenges. Through such programmes we can inculcate the entrepreneurial mindset in our youth so that they can come up with creative and innovative measures in this field. Provision of Basic Healthcare in Pakistan still remains a question mark and we need to make a real contribution to basic healthcare in Pakistan. She also appreciated the role of Azra Naheed Centre for Research and Development for promoting research culture at the institution. She particularly commended the efforts of the organizing team headed by Prof. Muhammad Akbar Chaudhry and Pakistan Aspirin Foundation for putting together an excellent academic programme. She hoped that the participants will find the discussions and deliberations stimulating and interesting. Later Mementoes were presented to the Chief Guest, invited guest speakers and members of the organizing committee. Detailed report on presentations in the scientific sessions during the conference to follow.

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