PSR should assist UHS in preparing Online Courses in Rheumatology


 PSR should assist UHS in preparing
Online Courses in Rheumatology

It should also develop Guidelines, SOPs to manage rheumatic
diseases in the country and Region- Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan

Rheumatology scene is changing and now we do not see patients
with severe deformities and disabilities- Prof. Kamran Hameed

LAHORE: Inaugurating the 19th Annual International Conference of Pakistan Society for Rheumatology held here from April 10-12, 2015, Prof.Junaid Sarfraz Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences has urged PSR to assist and cooperate with the University of Health Sciences to prepare Online Courses in Rheumatology to build the professional capacity of the healthcare professionals to improve care of patients suffering from rheumatic disorders. The PSR should also develop Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures which should be used in the country as well as in the region. Targeting remission in rheumatic diseases was the theme of the conference and it was very well attended by rheumatologists as well as other healthcare professionals interested in rheumatology. 


Pakistan Society for Rheumatology organized its international conference at Lahore
from April 10-12, 2015. Photograph taken during the inaugural session on April 11th
shows from (L to R) Prof.Kamran Hameed President PSR, Prof. Nighat Mir, 
Mrs. Shaheema 
Rehman, Prof.Junaid Sarfraz Khan Pro VC UHS (Chief Guest) &
Prof. Humayun Maqsood Principal FMM&DC.

Continuing Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan said that the disease burden of rheumatic diseases was  such that it is not possible for few rheumatologists to provide specialized care to all those suffering from these disorders. GPs and Family Physicians offere all sorts of advice, dry heat, Yoga and Nutrition but the patients most often fail to get a satisfactory consultation. The number of qualified rheumatologists is very few in the country and they are not able to provide quality of care hence we need to train the physicians as to what they should treat, recognize these disorders early and then refer them to specialists in time to avoid serious complications, deformities and disabilities. We at the University of Health Sciences, Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan said are trying to develop Online Courses in various diseases and these will be available through UHS website. Those who attend these courses will get Certificate. These courses will last for six weeks and these are being developed to improve healthcare. PSR should help us prepare these courses and also monitor this and give us the feedback, he added.

Prof. Kamran Hameed President of Pakistan Society for Rheumatology in his address said that a few people joined hands in 1995 and felt that this specialty needs to be recognized. Dr. Abid Farooqui played a vital role and on our request the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan agreed to start Fellowship in Rheumatology. Now we have centers which are training and producing rheumatologists in Pakistan. The whole scene as regards rheumatology is changing globally and in Pakistan as well and we no longer see patient with sever deformities and disabilities. We have made lot of progress in this field. GPs, Family Physicians, Internal medicine specialists, orthopaedic surgeons all see these patients. We wish to convey new knowledge and share our knowledge and experience. He commended the PM&DC for starting CME Credit Hours scheme which was long overdue and this needs to be welcomed. Physicians getting abreast with latest developments will help improve the standard of care and we should never compromise on quality of care, he remarked.

Mrs. Shaheema Rehman Chairperson of Fatima Memorial System in her speech said that we all need to pay back something to the society. Nur Foundation and Fatima Memorial System are playing their role in developing a cadre of specialists having knowledgeable passionate Pakistanis.  It all started with Ferozesons Trust with a two hundred bed hospital as an act of love and devotion but now Nur Foundation has joined hands with the result that FMS has developed into state of the art tertiary care facility with medical, nursing and allied healthcare professional’s institutions. We all have got much more than what we deserve hence we must give something back to this Nation. From 1977 to 2015, FMS has entered into international collaboration with numerous medical institutions and there are opportunities to get better every day, she added.

Earlier Prof. Dr.Nighat Mir Ahmad the chairperson of the organizing committee in her brief address said that rheumatic disease patients suffer un-necessary because of delay in diagnosis and treatment. Pakistan Society for Rheumatology was founded in 1995 to enhance the knowledge about rheumatic diseases and encourage further development. We hold our conference every year and this year too it has attracted many renowned rheumatologists from UK, USA, Singapore, Netherlands, Bangladesh and Middle East.