Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra named Chairman PHL Scientific Committee


 Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra named 
Chairman PHL Scientific Committee

HYDERABAD: Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra an eminent physician from Ziauddin Medical University was named as the new chairman of scientific committee of Pakistan Hypertension League at the general body meeting of PHL held here during the recently concluded PHL annual symposium. Prof. M.Ishaq President of PHL presided. Prof. Ejaz Vohra will be assisted by a team of eminent cardiologists as members of the scientific committee.
The meeting commended the services of former Chairman of the Scientific Committee Dr.Maqbool H.Jafary who was the moving spirit behind the Guidelines prepared by PHL regarding detection, control and management of hypertension. These guidelines are now likely to be revised in the next couple of months once the JNC 8th report is out. Speaking at the occasion Prof.M.Ishaq paid rich tributes to Dr.Maqbool H.Jafary for his untiring efforts, his input in scientific programmes of the PHL, preparation of code of ethics to be followed during PHL meetings. He also announced that the PHL will present him Life Time Achievement Award soon.
The meeting also unanimously decided to hold the next symposium at Chandka Medical College, SMBBMU Larkana. Prof.Saeed Ahmad Sangi Head of the Dept. of Cardiology at CMC was also named as Convener and Chairman of the organizing committee. The meeting reviewed the progress reports of various chapters and also approved the establishment of a chapter at Sukkur. Prof. Ishaq also informed the general body regarding the new office premises which has been acquired by PHL at Karachi While overall the members expressed satisfaction for upholding professional ethics during the PHL symposium, one of the speakers it was stated made a company sponsored presentation. Unfortunately all his slides also carried the name of the company and brand name of the sponsor’s product. It was pointed out that such things should not happen again and scientific committee must look at the abstracts, presentations carefully. Even if the presenters come and give their presentation late, they should not be allowed to make a presentation unless it has been cleared by the scientific committee.
Overall the time management during the symposium was satisfactory. The scientific programme on the second day started just in time with the Breakfast session on Update on Medical Uses of Aspirin but some of the speakers in the later sessions did not stick to the timings. It was emphasized that it needs to be strictly monitored so that enough time is available for question answer sessions. Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid emphasized that assistance from the Pharma companies for organizing such academic activities should be voluntary and no one should be pressurized or coerced for financial assistance. Conference expenditures should also be controlled and we must remember that eventually all this money is paid by the poor patients as the pharmaceutical companies pass on this in the shape of higher cost of drugs and medicines. Efforts should be made to adopt simplicity during lunch and dinner and great care needs to be taken to strengthen the scientific programme.