CPSP planning to establish five 250-Bed Hospitals, 3 Postgraduate Colleges of Nursing and Auditorium cum-Convention Center

KARACHI: Council members of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan feel that the time has come that the CPSP should have its own teaching and training hospitals in all the provinces including Gilgit Baltistan. Hence, the college has embarked upon an ambitious development project which envisages establishment of five 250-bed hospitals in all the four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Later on these hospitals will be further expanded and their bed strength will be increased to 500-bed. This was stated by Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP while talking to Pulse International last week. This project, he further stated, will be implemented in phases.

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WHO provides common platform to countries to find common solutions to bioethics issues-Abha Saxena

KARACHI: WHO is providing leadership, shaping research agenda, defining norms and standards, articulating ethics and evidence based policy options in its programme of Global Health Ethics? This was stated by Dr. Abha Saxena from WHO while speaking on  the WHO strategy on Global Bioethics collaboration at the three day International Bioethics Collaborative Conference organized by Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation at Karachi from April 18-20, 2017. The conference was organized by CBEC in collaboration with Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Universities Gajah Mada Indonesia.

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Speakers discuss diagnosis and management of Gastro paresis, GERD, Functional GI Disorders and Constipation

KARACHI: Dr. Mehnaz Shafi from USA discussed management of Gastro paresis in one of the sessions on first day of the 33rd Annual Conference of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy held here from March 9-11, 2017. Speaking about symptoms she mentioned nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, early satiety and post prandial fullness. Its incidence, she opined, was about one in hundred thousand population. It is not a common disorder but more common in women. She then discussed in detail the causes of delayed gastric emptying which included 33% idiopathic. Anorexia nervosa account for 5% and pseudo obstruction account for 3%. 

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Dr. Ali Akbari Sari emphasizes the importance of cost effective interventions

KARACHI: Clinicians like interventions and while managing gastrointestinal diseases at times they do very costly procedures. In developing resource constraint countries medical economics plays a very important role in provision of healthcare. Cost is very important and it is extremely important that clinicians are cost conscious. This was stated by Dr. Ali Akbari Sari from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He was delivering a State of the Art lecture during the recently held 33rd Annual Conference of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology & GI Endoscopy held here from March 9-11, 2017 where he was one of the invited guest speakers.

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Former CPSP President Prof. Sultan Faruqui passes away

KARACHI: Prof. Muhammad Sultan Faruqui former President of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan who also served as Prof. of Medicine and Director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi passed away last week. May God Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal Peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss. He leaves behind a large number of friends, well-wishers and family members to mourn his death. His Names-e-Jinaza was offered at the CPSP Campus on Thursday which was very well attended by senior members of the medical profession, CPSP Fellows, his friends and family members. Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP, Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof. Abdul Razzak Sheikh and other Councilors of CPSP were also present on this occasion.

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Eye Camp Surgery: An old tradition which should come to an end

Cataract is the commonest cause of blindness throughout the world. It is due to the opacity of the lenses of the eyes. It is estimated that 5 to 10 million people lose their eye sight in whole USA due to cataract. It is more common in elderly people and occurs in 15% of the population between 52 to 85 years of age. There are so many causes of this disease but old age and ultraviolet ray’s exposure and diabetes are considered to be commonest causes. In tropics and third world commonest causes is considered to be lack of vitamins and malnutrition and excessive sunlight especially ultraviolet rays and in the developed countries the major cause of cataract is diabetes mellitus.

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Rabies, TB, Polio, Thalassemia’s and Tetanus

I encountered my first ever case of rabies in Bannu in 1970. Abdul Ghafoor, the 12-year old son of Ahmad Jan, was brought to my Outpatient clinic in Bannu District Headquarters Hospital on 16 September 1970. A dog had bitten him on 24 July 1970. Now he could not drink liquids and could not lie under the ceiling fan. Standing face-to-face with him, I gently blew my breath over his face. The boy staggered back in a state of terror with his mouth wide open. Fear of wind (aerophobia) and fear of liquids (hydrophobia) are hallmarks of established rabies. Death within the next 24 - 96 hours is then a certainty.

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Healthcare Personnel must be screened and vaccinated for Hepatitis - Dr. Ahsan Mobin

KARACHI: Doctors and Para medical staff must be screened and vaccinated for Hepatitis and it should be the responsibility of our Government which will help to save others from being infected. This was stated by Dr. Ahsan Mobin, Assistant Professor & Transplant Physician, Liver Transplant & Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Unit, Dow University Hospital Karachi while performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on April 27, 2017.

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My approach to the Patient with CAD and Aspirin Resistance

When I encounter a patient who has had testing for aspirin resistance, the first question I ask is why. Why did the physician order the test in the first place, and how will the test result influence that patient’s care?

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Novartis fined $50M for by Korean Ministry of Health

SEOUL: For more than a year, Novartis has been under investigation in Korea for allegedly bribing doctors to pump up sales. Now, the Swiss drug giant has to pay the price for its unethical marketing practices as the Korean authorities have decided to impose a fine of nearly $50 million. According to reports Korea’s Ministry of Health & Welfare (MHW) has fined Novartis 55 billion Korean won, approximately $50 million, and suspended reimbursement of Exelon and Zometa. The final decision is expected by the end of May.

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Pakistan’s Gender Gap- Time to Act

The global gender gap has ranked Pakistan as the 2nd worst on its list of 145 countries, two years in a row. This index, tries to quantify the magnitude of gender disparity and tracks their progress over time with a specific focus on the relative gap between women and men, across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

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Resist, persist and insist for the education of mental health- Prof. Khalid Mufti

LAHORE: Dignity in mental health, Psychological & Social Mental Health First aid for All was the theme of the 12th National Neuropsycon held at a local hotel in Lahore from April 15-16, 2017. It was organized by Psychiatric Welfare Association (PWA) in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Social Psychiatry, Pakistan Psychiatric Society, Psychiatry Department Continental Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan Society of Neurology, Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians, Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologist and other sister organizations. Prof. Khalid Mufti, senior psychiatrist of the country was the chief guest in the inaugural session while Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor of Punjab presided the concluding session.

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Pakistan Association of Social Psychiatry Formed

LAHORE: Pakistan Association of Social Psychiatry was formed during the 12th Neuropsycon held at Lahore from April 15-16, 2017. Prof. Riaz Bhatti was elected its President while Prof. Mazhar Malik was named as senior Vice president and Prof. Abdul Malik Achakzai its Patron.

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