Prof Ahsan Iqbal lays foundation stone
of Academic Block at UHS new Campus

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal said the foundation stone of new academic block, girl’s hostel and student service area at Kala Shah Kaku campus of University of Health Sciences (UHS), recently. Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Prof Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan, researchers, scientists, faculty members and a large number of students were present on this occasion.

The minister said that the incumbent government was using its position for economic cooperation. Pakistan he said which was previously known for terrorism now was being recognized as emerging economy and center of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Many countries had expressed their interest in becoming part of CPEC, which was a great change. It is time that "We must put our country on road to prosperity with the participation of all the areas and segments of the country and emerge out of the illness of low self-esteem.”

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister along with Prof. Mukhtar Ahmad Chairman HEC, Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan Acting
VC UHS offering prayers after laying the foundation stone of a new block at UHS New Campus at Kala Shahkaku
while on right Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan is presenting a mementoe to Prof. Ahsan Iqbal.

He further stated that the government would produce 20 thousand PhDs in the next ten years and 10 thousand PhDs would be produced under US-Pak Knowledge Corridor project in top-ranked US universities. He added that it was our responsibility to equip our youth with knowledge and skill. He urged the students to believe in Pakistan’s bright future and say good-bye to negative thinking. Universities are creators of knowledge and they must be linked with real economy to shape up true knowledge economy. Under Vision 2025, the government would strive to bring Pakistan in top 25 economies of the world.

UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan said that new buildings would be constructed at a cost of Rs.813 million under HEC Strengthening of Academic Research Facilities project by July next year. After completion, the university would start bachelors and master program in Special Education, B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Allied Health Sciences, certificate in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, programs in Public Health, Field Epidemiology and Community Outreach, Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine. (PR)

World Epilepsy Day at
Baqai Medical University

KARACHI: World Epilepsy Day was commemorated at Baqai Medical University recently. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Arif Herekar, said that epilepsy is a treatable disease and both the first line and the second line antiepileptic drugs are now freely available in the country although, the second line anti-epileptics are more expensive. There are quite a few centers in Karachi that donate these drugs to the underprivileged class of people. He described the various types of epilepsies and highlighted the fact that every general practitioner should be aware of the diagnosis so that these patients are either treated at the first encounter or referred to the requisite specialist.

Prof. Arif was of the opinion that there needs to be more public awareness programs not only in the larger and the smaller cities but also in the outskirts and smaller villages. He also emphasized that the concept of spiritual belief should be exposed so that in the poorer localities patients with epilepsy come out and expose themselves. Although according to him, it is a treatable condition but if untreated for a long time, can cause brain damage especially in the children. Those who deal with Paediatric cases must remember that  infantile seizures like Salaam Attacks need to be diagnosed in the nick of time and at an early stage. To treat Infantile Spasm need trained Pediatric Neurologist, unfortunately, there are not too many. If Infantile Spasm is not treated in the early stage it finally evolves in a very catastrophic disease called Lennox-Gastaut which unfortunately has no remedy and there is none in near future.

The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Jameel Ahmed, who also emphasized that the purpose of the World Epilepsy Day is to create awareness not only in recognizing epilepsy early but treating it appropriately.(PR)

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