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Prof. Tariq appointed
Vice Dean Medical College at AKU

KARACHI: Prof. Muhammad Tariq, Prof. of Internal Medicine at Aga Khan Medical University has been appointed as the new Vice Dean of Medical College at Aga Khan University says a communication received from AKU issued by Prof. Dr. Adil H. Haider Dean of the Medical College. Currently Prof.Tariq is also the Interim Chair of the Department for Educational Development and the Interim Associate Dean for Education. He has been a part of AKU family for almost three decades. Prof. Adil hopes that Prof. Tariq will use his vast expertise for the betterment of this institution. He will advance the environment of teamwork and knowledge sharing, and AKU’s commitment to delivering excellence in education, research and patient care.

Prof. Muhammad Tariq

It may be mentioned here that Dr Tariq has served in a wide variety of positions at AKU bringing with him a deep understanding of diverse facets of our institution. He started his journey with AKU as resident in 1995, going from strength to strength. Dr Tariq served as the Section Head of Internal Medicine from 2011 to 2017, Director of Postgraduate Programmes from 2008 to 2015, and Programme Director of Internal Medicine from 2001 to 2011.

Dr Tariq graduated from Dow University of Health Sciences in 1993. He is an AKU PGME alumnus, completing his residency in internal medicine in 1998, and successfully clearing MRCP, UK in 2001, FACP in 2009 and FRCP, Edinburgh (2011) and London (2013). After his selection as a FAIMER fellow in 2009 he was also awarded the IFME (International Fellowship in Medical Education) by FAIMER to pursue a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from Maastricht University, Netherlands. His education innovation project was related to resident education, faculty development and improved patient care.

The communication further stated that Dr Tariq has demonstrated leadership in teaching and education with his contributions in postgraduate medical education at AKU. The “Outstanding Teacher Award” he received twice, the “Best Teacher Award” he received thrice and the award for “Significant Contribution to Postgraduate Medical Education” in 2009 are a testament to his skill and competence. He is an accredited supervisor for FCPS training, examiner for FCPS Internal Medicine and MHPE students, and is nationally recognized for his contributions in the field of medical education. (PR)


World Hepatitis Day celebrated at
Sind Institute of Urology and Transplantation

KARACHI: World Hepatitis Day was observed throughout the world on 28th July including Pakistan. Its purpose is to raise awareness about viral hepatitis which affects 354 million people globally. To mark this day, a comprehensive program was organized at SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation). This year’s theme is “Hepatitis Can’t Wait", with a strategy calling for the eradication of hepatitis C by the year 2030.

Globally about two billion people have been infected with hepatitis B virus with approximately 1.5 million people becoming newly infected each year and almost 300 million people are chronically infected. Around 58 million have chronic hepatitis C infection with about 1.5 million new infections occurring annually. An estimated 3.2 million adolescents and children have been affected with chronic hepatitis C globally.

Seventy one million people suffer from hepatitis-C in Pakistan. Each year brings about 150,000 new cases. The majority of people catch this infection in health care settings without knowledge. The disease is called a silent killer because many patients remain undiagnosed and untreated for many years before developing complications. More than 12,000 Hepatitis B virus-related deaths were reported in 2019 while hepatitis C-related deaths were over 17,000 in Pakistan and the number of deaths have increased to more than 9% in hepatitis B and 5% in hepatitis C cases.

Considering the importance of an increase in the number of cases of hepatitis A & E, the medical experts have suggested the visitors about its incubation period which 4-6 weeks for hepatitis A and 6-8 weeks for hepatitis E. They further explained, the usage of boiled water, after using the washroom and before and after eating food. It was emphasized to get vaccinated against hepatitis A & E.

Highlighting about hepatitis B & C, emphasis was made on routine screening during blood donation, using new syringes, razor blades and sterilized dental and surgical equipment for any procedure. In the case of acute hepatitis B, presenting with liver failure the patient requires to go through an organ transplant while in the case of chronic hepatitis B, medications are prescribed for its treatment however in some cases the patient requires a liver transplant. However, about hepatitis C, they emphasized the use of direct oral antiviral agents which is the recommended treatment.

The need for hepatitis B vaccine among high-risk groups with strong family history, immunocompromise patients, diabetic, travelers, hemodialysis patients, and those who have unsafe sexual practices was stressed. The target is to vaccinate more than 90 per cent of newborns against Hepatitis B to decrease the incidence of this type of hepatitis in the community. The speakers also pointed out that patients suffering from hepatitis B and C if left untreated can lead to liver cancer. (PR)


X-ray systems market in
China set to grow at 9%

China-based Medwish.com, one of the largest global marketplaces for medical equipment, has recently announced that it would expand its digital X-ray business across the globe. Against this backdrop, China’s X-ray systems market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 9% by 2030, forecasts GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The announcement follows the recent launch of Medwish.com’s new portable medical digital X-ray imaging machine, which is currently available in healthcare facilities. Through its City Partner Program, Medwish.com aims to develop a core point of contact for its digital X-ray business, primarily in the central cities of Africa, Asia, and America. The City Partner Program coordinates with the local customers to fulfil their purchase and service requirements.

Ayshi Ganguly, Medical Devices Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “China will continue to dominate the Asia-Pacific (APAC) digital X-ray systems market, accounting for approximately 50% of the market through 2030, followed by Japan and India.”

With the growing dependence of orthopedic disorders and malignancies on X-ray-aided diagnosis, there is an increasing demand for digital radiology over traditional radiography as it offers advantages such as hassle-free screening resulting in higher image quality with minimal radiation dosage.

Ganguly concludes: “Companies such as Canon Inc and Fujifilm Holdings Corp have recently introduced new wireless and portable digital radiography devices that provide better functionality and performance. With such continuous innovations being made in this field, the APAC medical imaging industry will surely witness a paradigm shift in the coming years.” (PR)

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