Prof. Javed Akram elected President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation

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Prof. Javed Akram elected President
of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation
Prof. Akbar Chaudhry’s services to promote the
aims and objectives of the Foundation commended

LAHORE: Prof. Javed Akram FRCP, an eminent physician and former Principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College was unanimously elected as the new President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundaiton at the business meeting held on Friday October 4th 2013 for a two years term. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik founder President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation along with Prof. M. Akbar Chaudhry the outgoing President. Those who attended the business meeting included Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra, Major Gen.Ashur Khan, Mr. Lateef Sheikh, Dr. Shahbaz Kureshi, Prof. Nazir Memon,Prof. S. H.Shafqat, Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid. Prof. Sardar Fakhar Imam Principal of Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Mr. Asif Sattar from Atco Laboratories who are sponsoring academic and CME activities of the foundation for the last many years attended the meeting on a special invitation.

Some founder members, life members of Pakistan Aspirin Foundations 
photographed after the business meeting held on October 4th, 2013. 
Prof.Sardar Fakhar Imam Principal FJMC is also seen second from right in the first row.

Addressing the participants Prof. M.Akbar Chaudhry said that during his tenure, he tried his best to promote the aims and objectives of the Foundation which are to promote the use of Aspirin in its well established indications besides creating awareness about its safety and efficacy among the healthcare professionals as well as public. For this purpose we travelled to many small and big cities all over the country in Punjab and Sindh provinces but could not visit Baluchistan and Khyber KPK due to security concerns. He specially thanked M/s Atco Laboratories for their generous help and assistance in sponsoring these CME activities of the foundation. He hoped that his successor who is a young dynamic personality will carry our mission forward with greater zeal and devotion.
Prof. Javed Akram thanked the members for their confidence in electing him as the new President and promised to do his best to come upto the expectations of the members. I look forward to the support of my seniors and other founder members in this regard, he added.

Mr. Asif Sattar presenting a mementoe to the outgoing President of 
Pakistan Aspirin Foundation at the business meeting of the Foundations 
held on October 4th, 2013 at Lahore.

Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik and all the members present commended the services rendered by Prof. M.Akbar Chaudhry and hoped that the new President will carry this message forward in the days to come. Participating in the discussion Mr. Lateef Sheikh said that there is much more to do and apart from physicians, we also need to have healthcare professionals from other disciplines of medicine as use of Aspirin is indicated in a wide range of disorders which needs to be discussed and promoted. Gen. Ashur Khan, Prof. S. H. Shafqat, Dr. Shahbaz Kureshi also briefly addressed the meeting and expressed their satisfaction with the activities of the Foundation. Prof. Nazeer Memon said that it is for the first time that he was attending the business meeting. We appreciate the work being done and offered his whole hearted cooperation.
Prof. Sardar Fakhar Imam Principal FJMC addressing the participants thanked them for selecting Fatima Jinnah Medical College as a venue for their 6th National Conference which was a great honour and privilege for the institution. On behalf of the faculty he reiterated that all possible help and assistance will be provided to Pakistan Aspirin Foundation for its academic activities in future as well.
Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid General Secretary of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation in his introductory remarks thanked the members for tolerating him ever since the Foundation was established in 1996 and expressed the wish that it is better if the members could elect someone else as the General Secretary and promised that he will continue to work with the same zeal and dedication for the Foundation .However, the members did not accept his suggestion and asked him to continue working as the General Secretary. He also informed the participants that Guidelines on Medical Uses of Aspirin have been revised and updated and published on the Foundation’s website.(www.pakaspirin.org.pk) He specially thanked Prof. Abdus Samad, Prof.Ejaz Ahmad Vohra, Prof. Khawar Kazmi, and Major Gen.Ashur Khan for their useful suggestions. Lt. Gen.Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar former Surgeon General of Pakistan Army who is an expert in clinical pharmacology, he said, deserve special mention for his valuable contribution in preparation and finalizing women with barbell art the guidelines. The members were requested to visit the website and have a look at these guidelines and forward if they have any suggestions in the next two to three weeks after which these guidelines will be sent for printing and distribution among the healthcare professionals. Members also expressed their sincere thanks to M/s Atco Laboratories for sponsoring the academic activities of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation for the last many years and requested Mr. Asif Sattar to convey their gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Saeed Allawala Chief Executive of Atco Laboratories.
Later Mr. Asif Sattar on behalf of Atco Laboratories presented a memento to the outgoing President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation Prof. Akbar Chaudhry in recognition and appreciation of his services. Prof. Akbar Chaudhry was also presented a gift on behalf of the Foundation by Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik. Mr. Akhtar Tahir GM Marketing and Mr. Farhan Raza Product Manager from Atco Laboratories who are also members of the Foundation were also present on this occasion.

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