Parkinson’s Disease Day Commemorated at Baqai Medical University

Parkinson’s disease will almost double
by 2030 due to improvement in
medical facilities-Arif Herekar

KARACHI: Prof. Arif Herekar Child & Adult Neurologist and Chief, Division of Neurosciences, Baqai Medical University was the main speaker at the Parkinson’s’ day was commemorated at the PGMI hall of the Baqai Medical University. Prof. Jameel Ahmad presided. In his presentation he highlighted the importance of creating awareness amongst the young doctors regarding the management, treatment, causative factors and the social stigma caused by the disease.

Prof. Arif also emphasized that this disease which is the second commonest neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s needs to be addressed in the nick of time. The earlier you institute treatment the better the end result. He spoke on the various aspects of the disease and the prevalence both in Pakistan and globally. He stated that Parkinson’s disease will almost double by 2030 due to the improving medical facilities and health conditions in every country of the world. This fact would even increase the longevity in the third world countries. He referred to the already existing organizations which are helping in creating awareness for this debilitating disease.

In this context, he spoke of the Pakistan Parkinson’s Society, which had already done a lot for the rehabilitation of the population of patients suffering from this progressive debilitating disease in Pakistan. Referring to the newly formed Movement Disorders Society of Pakistan, he prayed for its progress. Continuing he said that nearly 600,000 individuals are estimated to be suffering from Parkinson’s disease in Pakistan and the number could be even large. There is a large chunk of population that is suffering from this often-devastating disease that remains undiscovered. Creating awareness especially into the peripheries of the country is of paramount importance.

The panel of experts included Prof. Nadir Ali Syed, the newly elected President of the Movement Disorders Society of Pakistan (MDSP) who also spoke on the occasion.Other eminent neurologists on the panel were Prof. Asif Ahmed, Prof. Waseem Akhter and Dr. Abdul Malik. Pakistan Society of Neurology, he said, was also busy in creating awareness about various neurological disorders. The academic event was organized in collaboration with an international organization based in Toronto, Canada called World Parkinson’s Program. Incidentally, a Pakistani Professor trained in Canada Prof A.Q. Rana heads this organization.

He commended the efforts of Prof. Rana who single handedly worked to establish this program all over the world. The organization is now global with its centers are located in Africa and other countries and spreading further globally. It is helping in rehabilitating other under developed countries. The presentations were followed by lively discussion.(PR)

SIUT seminar stressed the need for public
education on deceased organ donation

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab called upon on all segments of the society to promote the concept of deceased organ donation as it guarantees a new lease of life to those who are at the end stages on account of organ failures. He was speaking at a seminar organised by SIUT, Transplant Society and newly established Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) Sindh. The seminar was attended by prominent surgeons, medical experts from all teaching hospitals in Sindh and large private hospitals, religious scholars and opinion makers who discussed areas of concerns which are confronted to medical professionals and other members of the society.

Giving the details about the functioning of HOTA the provincial Minister said that an Administrator has been appointed while secretariat with website link is also established at his department to facilitate the people. Jam Mehtab while giving details further said according to HOTA rules and regulation a directive is being sent to government hospitals in the province that it would be mandatory not only to identify brain death patients and inform HOTA accordingly. HOTA will also obtain consent of family members to make the whole process more transparent. Province of Sindh which has taken lead in establishing an authority was greatly appreciated by the Minister who hoped that other provinces will also come forward to take similar steps in the best interest of the society.

Prof. Adib Rizvi Director SIUT pointed out that some 150,000 people die every year due to organ failure in the country. He said creation of HOTA in the province is a great step to expand the process of transplantation and save the lives of those suffering with the failures of kidney, liver, heart and lungs.

Religious scholar Maulana Munib-ur-Rehman delivered a key note address. He said different organs of a human body remained alive for a certain period even after death, which could be used and transplanted to another human body to save a life and Islam supports life saving technology such as transplantation. Earlier during the seminar experts discussed variety of issues related to deceased organ donation.(PR)


Prof. M. Aslam, Prof. Akbar Chaudhry, Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik,
Prof. Tahir Saeed Haroon, Prof. Riaz Siddiqui and Prof. Maj. Gen. M. Aslam VC UHS
photographed during the PAME Third
National Conference Dinner on April 1, 2016.

Some of the participants from Karachi in the PAME Third National Conference held at UHS Lahore
from April 1-2nd 2016 photographed at the Conference Dinner on April 1, 2016 from (L to R) are
Prof. Mubeen, Prof. Anwar Siddiqui, Dr. Jamshed Akhtar, Dr. Yasmeen Wajahat, Prof. Saba Sohail,
Dr. Masood Jawaid
and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid

Prof. Tahir Saeed Haroon an eminent dermatologist and former President of PAD who was the
Chief Guest
at PAME Third National Conference Dinner on April 1, 2016 at UHS Lahore
photographed with some of
his trainees who are now heading dermatology departments
in various medical institutions in Pakistan.


Photographed during the PAME Third National Conference 2016 Dinner
at UHS Lahore from (L to R) are Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid,
Prof. Tahir Saeed Haroon (Chief Guest), Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik
and Lt-Gen. M. Afzal Najeeb.

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