NUMS unveils its first
publication -‘Bishnau’

RAWALPINDI: A colourful evening with Rumi featuring a mesmerizing presentation on “Rumi’s Concept of Devine Love” was organized jointly by National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi and Higher Education Commission (HEC) on 8th September 2017 at the Auditorium of HEC, Islamabad.

After an intriguing talk by Dr. Aziz Ali Najam the National University of Medical Sciences launched its first publication BISHNAU, (Listen,سن ذرا') a book that wonderfully conveys the thoughts of Maulana Jalauddin Rumi, the great Sufi Poet of the illustrious Muslim heritage. Rumi’s famous poetry, Masnavi Ma’nvi has been described as the image of the Quran in Farsi, a compliment hardly deserved by any other man written book. The Guest of Honour, Vice Chancellor NUMS, Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI(M) complimented the efforts of Dr. Aziz Ali Najam and said, “The message of Rumi is beautifully portrayed in Bishnau and needs to be promoted”.

Surgeon General Medical Directorate, Asif Sukhera; Vice Chancellor NUMS, Lt Gen Syed Muhammad
Imran Majeed, HI(M); Chairperson HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and Dr. Aziz Ali Najam
photographed a the
formal launch of Bishnau.

The Chairperson HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed who as the  Chief Guest on this occasion  appreciated  NUMS as  a Medical University and launching of a book reflecting an ancient Sufi poet’s message and said, “ “It is a dire need of time that Pure Sciences be blended in with Social Sciences and vice versa”

The famous Urdu poet, Mr. Iftikhar Arif shed light on the literary efforts made by Dr. Aziz Ali Najam in celebrating the lessons of Maulana Roum. He said, “Bishnau showcases glimpses of Masnavi with simultaneous Urdu and English translations that reflect Rumi’s favourite themes: Unity in genesis of humanity, separation of human souls from the Devine presence, search for Devine love to bridge that separation, & manifestation of that ‘love’ towards others in one’s daily life”. He added that Dr. Najam has done in depth research on the teachings of Rumi and made it available for young generation to read and enjoy.(PR)

CPSP Regional Centre
set up at Gilgit Baltistan

GILGIT: The Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman along with President CPSP Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry inaugurated the new CPSP Regional Centre at Gilgit Baltistan recently. The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of CPSP and hoped that with the inauguration of CPSP center a new era of progress in the field of medical profession will begin in the province.

Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman along with President CPSP
Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry inaugurating new CPSP Regional Centre at Gilgit Baltistan.

 Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP in his address said that with the establishment of new center at Gilgit Baltistan, CPSP will try to provide the modern medical educational facilities to its fellows and other doctors in this area.  He also announced that doctors from Gilgit Baltistan will be sent to England and Ireland for training. The President CPSP along with members of Executive Committee also met the Governor, Chief Secretary and GOC, Gilgit Baltistan to exchange views on the provision of best medical facilities in the province. He also inspected the medical facilities being provided in DHQ, CMH, Government Hospital and Aga Khan Medical Centre. (PR)

EHR Alert Improves HCV
Screening and Treatment

In a recent study, screening rates for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among baby boomers increased fivefold in the year following implementation of an electronic health record (EHR)based prompt for primary care physicians. The prompt also led to dramatic increases in follow-up specialized care for infected patients, according to the Hepatology study.

To reduce complications and spread of HCV infections, patients must first be diagnosed and then connected with specialized care for their disease. Although there have been significant advances in therapy for chronic HCV infection, barriers to HCV elimination include deficiencies in screening and subsequent follow-up medical care. Screening of baby boomers is especially important because they have an elevated prevalence of HCV infection. One-time universal HCV screening is recommended for these individuals; however, screening rates in this population remain very low.

To address this problem, Monica Konerman, MD, MSc, of the University of Michigan, and her colleagues developed an EHR-based prompt in primary care clinics to increase screening rates and help facilitate subsequent care for patients newly diagnosed with HCV infection. The prompt eliminated the burden of work previously placed on clinicians to first remember the need for HCV screening in this population and secondly to verify prior HCV testing or diagnosis of individual patients.

The researchers compared information on 22,488 screening-eligible patients in the six months before the prompt was implemented with 27,789 patients in the year after implementation. HCV screening rates increased from 7.6% to 72% following implementation of the EHR prompt. The subsequent streamlined care facilitated 100% of newly diagnosed patients to be referred to specialty care, and 67% of patients were subsequently prescribed HCV treatment. These rates are much higher than any previously reported to date. 

“Our EHR prompt was successful in significantly increasing overall HCV screening rates and in helping to get newly diagnosed patients connected with care and curative treatment for HCV,” said Dr. Konerman. “This type of EHR-based intervention represents a low cost, efficient, and effective means to improve HCV screening, diagnosis, and access to care, which ultimately can lead to mitigation of the associated morbidity and mortality of chronic hepatitis C.” (PR)

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