Scientific programme consisted of 98 invited talks, 262 scientific papers in 26 scientific sessions

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JPMC Golden Jubilee Annual Medical Symposium

Scientific programme consisted of 98 invited talks,
262 scientific papers in 26 scientific sessions

Quality care provided to the patients is a shining
example of public-private partnership

By Prof. Iqbal Afridi

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre organized its Golden Jubilee annual medical symposium commemorating the 50 years of teaching, training and selfless service from the March, 23, 2014 to March 29, 2014 at Najmuddin Auditorium, at JPMC Campus, Karachi. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, JPMC was the Host and Secretariat of this mega event. The theme of the symposium was “50 years of Research & Development - A Continuous Pledge to Serve”.

Prof. I.H.Bhatti presenting mementoes to Prof.Syed Haroon Ahmad
during JPMC Golden Jubilee Symposium held recently. Also seen
in the picture are Prof.Tasnim Ahsan Director JPMC (Left)
and Prof.Iqbal Afridi on extreme right.

The weeklong sessions was preceded by in total 43 workshops in various medical & surgical disciplines at different venues at JPMC, numbering 1296 registered participants and 66 facilitators. Prof. Tasnim Ahsan was the Patron and Secretary of Scientific committee, Chairperson was Prof. Shereen Bhutta & Secretary of the Symposium was Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi. The symposium was associated with 23rd March to commemorate the “Qarardad-e- Pakistan”.
The first day of symposium was celebrated with the notion of “Promotion of Health and Prevention of Diseases”. Professionals from every department participated in the “walk the talk” part of the program with the slogans relevant to Promotion of Health and Prevention of Diseases relevant to their specialities, the event was graced by Prof Haroon Ahmed with special participation by Additional IG Sindh Mr. Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Mr. Shehzad Roy. The first session was an open invitation to the general public keeping in view the maximum participation and the awareness to the public, all the sessions started with the national anthem. The General Awareness program was conducted in Urdu considering the palatability & reception by the public; presentations for the Promotion of Health and Prevention of Diseases were also delivered in Urdu. Special children were encouraged to participate in the program and make it even more beautiful and memorable, Health Mela (festival) was arranged, stalls were arranged for free assessment and medical advice as a part of the General Awareness Program; the services offered were BMI (Body Mass Index) Assessment, Personality Assessment, Blood Pressure measurement, Lab tests for Haemoglobin, Cholesterol & Blood Sugar level assessment. The formal inauguration was on 24th March, started with National Anthem followed by speech by the Cheif Guest Mr. Sajjad Saleem Hotiana and Secretary Health Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani.

Prof.I.H.Bhatti (C) former Director of JPMC and an eminent Neurosurgeon
of the country chairing a session during the JPMC Silver Jubilee Symposium.
Also sitting on the dais from (L to R) are Prof. M.Wasay, Prof.Shaukat Ali,
Prof. Hassan Aziz and Prof.S. Haroon Ahmed.

A grand Dinner and Mushaira was arranged to honour the seniors who spent their lives in the efforts of serving & promoting this national institution. Online registration was introduced for the very first time; a breakneck task made possible by designing and launching the official JPMC Website, registration was free yet mandatory to keep the sessions organized. A 7-day long program comprised of 26 Scientific Sessions, 262 Scientific Papers, 109 e- posters & 98 Invited talks and about 3000 delegates attended the program. Certificates, folders, cards and CDs were provided to the participants. A book was compiled on the History of JPMC by Prof. Tasnim Ahsan and her team; it was presented as a souvenir to the seniors and special guests as well as the prize winners for the best papers and best poster presentation. The Pharmaceutical companies were encouraged to participate in the program according to their own feasibility; many tasks were outsourced to the companies, the exhibition area was well arranged and well managed keeping in view the needs and demands of the companies.


Some of the participants to the Golden Jubilee Symposium of JPMC
photographed along with Prof. Iqbal Afridi and Prof. Syed Haroon Ahmad.

The symposium concluded with the Executive Director giving an overview of the recipient’s perspective and the hardships the JPMC has borne from day one till achieving the current status of a state-of-the -art health facility, and thanked the contribution of various donor/philanthropist organizations in making it possible, namely Soorty Trust, USAID, Pakistan Aid Foundation & many others. The session was moderated by Prof. Shereen Bhutta. Sharing donor’s perspective; Mr. Zahid Bashir highlighted the role of public-private partnership in keeping JPMC within the reach of an ever-burgeoning middle class yet maintaining the standard of health care delivery yet also stressed for the similar philanthropic activities in smaller towns and villages to make it more accessible for the local inhabitants. Chief guests Prof. Emeritus Hasan Aziz, Prof. I.H. Bhatti & others appreciated the organizing committee for remaining true to their promises of quality health care to the common public. Prof Hasan Aziz opined that public-private partnership has been the need-of-the-hour giving the stretched resources and austerity within many national institutes. Prof Shereen Bhutta, Prof Tasnim Ahsan, Dr. Seemin Jamali paid a tribute to achievements of female physicians of the Pakistan to a roaring audience and highlighted the toils the women professionals have endured in making it through the current situation where they are at par with men in their field. Prof Shereen Bhutta shared with the audience to what lengths the Accident & Emergency Dept. at JPMC Karachi has gone to delivering timely, lifesaving treatments followed by input of different perspective from wide-ranging panellists and stake holders from emergency unit in-charges of tertiary care health centres, ambulance services, patients, Press and Media to Law enforcement agencies and a consensus began to develop that in an ever on-the-edge society like this metropolis’ shortcomings can be overcome by effective triage and coordination among different service providers from law enforcement officials, first responders to doctors/paramedics in managing accident and emergencies.
The program concluded with the Symposium Report, feedback, and a note of thanks by Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi to esteemed panellists, chief guests, media personnel and focal persons from various units and the personnel from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in pulling off such an event.