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The real SAFES spirit

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): Prof. Abdul Basit Executive Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (BIDE) has a great sense of humour. While making his presentation on Diabetic Foot Care at the recently held SAFES SUMMIT at Dhaka Bangladesh, he started his presentation by showing a picture of Baqais, Prof. F. U.Baqai and Prof. Zahida Baqai the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Baqai Medial University at Karachi.    I am showing this slide because it depicts the real SAFES spirit, he remarked. Giving further details, Prof.  Abdul Basit said that Dr. F.U. Baqai hailed from New Delhi India, Dr. Zahida Baqai was from East Pakistan now Bangladesh and they have established the medical university at Karachi in Pakistan. This was a unique example of the real SAFES spirit of collaboration, Prof. Basit added.

WHO DG and WHA President
present annual public health awards

GENEVA: Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and the President of the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, Dr. Jagat Prakash Nadda, led the World Health Assembly’s annual awards ceremony, presenting four prizes to leaders in public health.

The Sasakawa Health Prize was given to the Childbirth with Dignity Foundation, which has helped transform the field of obstetrics in Poland. Women are now able to be accompanied by their partner during childbirth. They may also have visitors following delivery and are no longer separated from their babies. The Foundation proposes to use the prize money to continue, and further develop, its web-portal “” (“”), which includes a database of hospitals and maternity wards in Poland and provides information to expecting parents, and to maintain the Foundation’s database of hospitals.

The United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize went to another Polish foundation, “Akogo?” The Foundation provides free inpatient rehabilitation assistance to children with severe traumatic brain injury. It works on many levels, through social and educational activities, to increase awareness and foster cooperation between different groups working on the issue. “Akogo?” also runs the “Alarm clock” Clinic – Poland’s first specialized hospital for children in coma. In the Clinic’s first 16 months, 12 children have woken from a coma and significant improvements have been observed in most other patients.

The State of Kuwait Prize for Research in Health was awarded to Dr. Alla Eldien Mohamed El Ghamrawy of Egypt, for his personal contribution to the creation of the National Programme for Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).  This includes countrywide training programmes for health care professionals, such as physicians, paediatricians and community workers. Since the establishment of the programme, studies have shown a notable decrease in the incidence of heart operations due to rheumatic heart disease.

This year’s Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health was presented to the Thalassaemia International Federation based in Nicosia, Cyprus.  The Federation aims to improve the survival and quality of life of patients with thalassemia around the world. In just over 25 years, it has established 117 National Thalassaemia Associations in 57 countries and organized numerous influential national, regional and international conferences, seminars and workshops.(PR)

 Workshop on
Non-Invasive Ventilation

KARACHI: Murshid Hospital, and Health Care Centre organized a “Workshop on Non invasive Ventilation” for their RMO’s, PG students, physicians, anaesthesiologists, and staff of ICU. The program was facilitated by Dr. Sobia. Dr. Abdus Sattar Essa Jaffer, CEO, Murshid Hospital, speaking about the aims of workshop said that noninvasive Ventilators use is increasing as new indications ore coming up with new diagnostic Facilities. Sleep Apnea is commonest indication for long use of Noninvasive Ventilators.

Dr. S. Zafaryab Hussain talked about types of respiratory failure, its causes, and treatment. He also talked about indications and uses of noninvasive ventilator. Dr. Asif Naseem, spoke about technical aspects of Noninvasive Ventilators and explained in detail how and when to use CPAP or Bipap. (PR)

World Hypertension Day
activities by PharmEvo

KARACHI: World Hypertension Day is observed on 17 May every year to create awareness regarding hypertension which is a silent killer disease.  M/s PharmEvo and WWF-Pakistan initiated an awareness campaign titled ‘Eco-Marathon’ on this occasion. Various activities and events were also arranged to create awareness of Hypertension on World Hypertension Day.


PharmEvo organized a walk at Sea View in Karachi recently to celebrate the World Hypertension Day.
On left is a view of the participant while on right Mr. Shakil Ahmad Director Marketing
PharmEvo presenting a gift to one of the participants.

Three kilo meter ‘Eco-Marathon’ was also organized at Sea view which was very well attended by people from different walks of life. Blood Pressure Screening and BMI camps were arranged across Pakistan besides Blood pressure screening camps at major airports of the country.

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