PCS sign MOU with Health RAB for Cardiology Research Award


PCS sign MOU with Health RAB
or Cardiology Research Award

Hyderabad: Pakistanis are at a higher risk of having hypertension, diabetes and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) due to their inherited genes but due to poor lifestyle, children as young as 12 to 18 years are having high blood pressure, diabetes while young men and women are having heart attacks in their late 20s and 30s. There is an urgent need to conduct research and collect data to find out causes and prepare preventive strategies. This was stated by Prof. Feroz Memon, President of Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) while addressing a news conference at his office recently.

On the occasion, Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) and the Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) also signed a memorandum of understanding, through which Health RAB would finance 4th Cardiology Research Award in order to promote research in the field cardiology. As per MoU, top three researchers would be given cash awards on their papers during the annual conference of PCS to be held at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in October-November this year.

We have come to know that Pakistanis are having heart attacks, hypertension and diabetes a lot earlier as compared to other ethnic groups. This is because of their genetic characteristics as well as their lifestyle which is making Pakistanis as a diseased national. Prof. Feroze Memon further added that they were trying to promote research in the field of cardiology and risk factors leading to cardiac ailments .Due to awareness and lifestyle modifications, people in other parts of the world were living healthy lives and their rate of having Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) was reducing while in Pakistan, ratio of people having heart diseases was constantly on the rise, which should be alarming for the nation as well as authorities.

Prof. Abdul Basit from Health RAB alongwith Prof. Feroze Memon President
of Pakistan Cardiac Society addressing a press conference at Hyderabad
recently after signing an MOU  for Cardiology Research Awards

Eminent dialectologist and Vice President of Health Research Advisory Board (Health Rab) Prof. Abdul Basit deplored that except for the diabetes, Pakistan lacks reliable data of other diseases including heart diseases, stroke patients and other communicable and non-communicable diseases but added that now Health Rab has promoting culture of research in the area of healthcare and soon Pakistan would have its own figures and data to prepare national preventive strategies.

Prof. Basit suggested Pakistan Cardiac Society to launch a national survey in collaboration Pakistan Health Research Council and other stakeholders to get reliable data on heart diseases in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sehat Kahani to provide cardiac-care facilities to people in remote areas of Pakistan through telemedicine. The MoU was signed between Dr. Sara Saeed of Sehat Kahani and the Prof. Ishtiaq Rasool, the General Secretary of Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS).Pakistan Cardiac Awareness and Access Program, the memorandum of understanding would produce a working partnership between home-based female doctors and cardiologists belonging to PCS to provide healthcare facilities to people in remote areas through digital medium while Sehat Kahani experts would be taking care of diagnostic and other needs of the patients. (PR)

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