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World Diabetes Day
meeting at BMU

KARACHI: Baqai Medical University organized a meeting to celebrate the World Diabetes Day recently.  The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is The Family and Diabetes.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Jameel Ahmed, MS, Fatima Teaching Hospital said that diabetes is spreading in every country around the globe and mostly type-2 diabetes is more common. Only 20% people know how to diagnose diabetes, less than 10% people check blood glucose and less than 5% people do routine checkup by physicians and pathologist, so lack of awareness is still a big challenge to overcome this disease. He further highlighted the risk factors and emphasized on certain changes in life style may help stay away to become a patient of diabetes; so stay lean and stay active and avoid hydrochloric drinks and fast foods.

Prof. Tahir Hussain, spoke on “Prevention of Diabetes”. He said that according to research 20% people has diabetes over the age of 20 years. The simple strategy to prevent it “Eat Less Walk More”. “Overeating does not go with good health.” He laid emphasis on weight reduction, physical activity and eating healthy diet Managing life style was most important aspect to live healthy life.

Prof. Kareem Kamaruddin, highlighted the role of “SGLT2 inhibitors”. SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of drugs that are FDA-approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type-2 diabetes. He further briefly explained about dosage, risk factors, treatment options and also the side effects. Type-2 diabetes is progressive and difficult to control, he added. (PR)


DUHS seminar on
World Pneumonia Day

KARACHI: Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases, Dow University of Health Sciences, organized a seminar in connection with the World Pneumonia Day 2018 recently. The meeting was addressed by a number of chest specialists. They pointed out that a large number of children due before the age of five years due to pneumonia while over one million children suffer from this disease annually. Those who spoke on this occasion included Director of Ojha Institute Prof. Dr. Nisar Rao, Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, Dr. Aisha Wajeeh, Dr. Faheem, Dr. Raheela Kashif, Dr. Farzana Mumtaz and Dr. Mirza Saifullah Baig. Dr. Nisar Rao emphasized on doctors to keep themselves abreast with latest developments and play their role in controlling pneumonia.

It was further stated that India, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan have the highest percentage of people dying of pneumonia. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungus. These may include streptococcus pneumonia and influenza type B. Dr. Faheem said that the so-called atypical CAP is often sub -acute and frequently indolent. Extra pulmonary signs and symptoms seen in some forms of atypical CAP may include Mental confusion, Myalgias, Ear pain, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Rash, Non exudative pharyngitis, Splenomegaly and Relative bradycardia.

Pneumonia is a contagious disease, thus, good habits such as washing hands regularly; covering mouth while sneezing, smoke free environment and proper vaccination can reduce risk. Since pneumonia often follows respiratory infections, be aware of any symptoms that linger more than a few days. They further said that pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has been added in the vaccination program since October, 2012 and Pakistan is the first ever country in the sub-continent to introduce PCV. Pneumonia is a mild to severe infection that infects the lungs making it difficult to breathe. Pneumonia can cause complication especially in people with weakened immune systems or chronic disease such as diabetes. It can be most serious in infants and children under five years of age causing shivering, unconsciousness and hypothermia. (PR)


NICVD celebrates World
Diabetes Day-2018

KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases-NICVD celebrated World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and organized a “Free Screening Camp”. Hundreds of people including women were screened for Blood Glucose, Uric Acid, Blood Pressure and BMI as well. People were also educated regarding diabetes, its control through prevention, screening and timely treatment.

To mark World Diabetes Day, NICVD also organized an awareness session on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. On this occasion Executive Director, NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar said that today we are celebrating World Diabetes Day-2018 with the international theme of “The Family and Diabetes”. Diet he stated is an important element for diabetics and patient must schedule and monitor his/ her eating habits. Further, they need to be compliant with blood sugar monitoring and regular visit to the physician. Exercise is also an important factor in the management of diabetes, he added.

Prof. Saeed Mahar (Endocrinologists and Diabetologist, NICVD) explained that the aim to celebrate World Diabetes Day is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. Management of diabetes is possible with proper medical care, good exercise and a healthy diet, he added. (PR)


Workshop on Temporal Ear
Bone surgery at KEMU

LAHORE: ENT Department of King Edward Medical University arranged a hands on two day workshop on Temporal Bone Surgery. ENT surgeon from India Prof. Dr. Vigayendra, Prof. Dr. Richard from UK, and Prof. Dr. Zubair Iqbal Khan Bhutta trained doctors who belong to different cities of the country. The purpose of this workshop was to train junior doctors in new surgical techniques. Dr. Wajindra hoped that Pakistani doctors will soon start doing all these procedures themselves.

 Speaking on this occasion Vice Chancellor KEMU, Prof. Khalid Masud Gondal said that learning of new complicated surgical techniques in the field of ENT is beneficial for trainees. Efforts of ENT department are commendable as they arranged such a activity on holiday. (PR)

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