Dr. Athanasios covanis to speak
on diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy

KARACHI: Dr. Athanasios Covanis, Current President of International Bureau of Epilepsy who is also President of the Greek ILAE and IBE chapters, Certified Epileptologist will be visiting Pakistan in the last week of September 2016.He will be the guest speaker at a series of symposia being organized by PharmEvo Pakistan who has sponsored his visit to Pakistan. He will be speaking on Diagnosis and Treatment of epilepsy.

His presentation at Karachi will be on September 26th. In his presentation he will talk about Epilepsy a global burden, particularly in resource poor countries, Diagnosis of epileptic seizures/syndromes, Video presentations of various seizures and syndromes, Treatment issues: a seizure and syndrome approach, what can be done to close the treatment gap? He will also address a meeting at Lahore on September 28th and at Rawalpindi-Islamabad on September 29th 2016. (PR)

AMTF initiative to promote
Blood donation

KARACHI: The Afzal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation (AMTF) has introduced a new concept for promoting practice of blood donations in Pakistan, SALIFOME which stands for ‘Saving a Life in Front of My Eyes’ where a blood donor sees blood being transfused to a Thalassemia patient in real time while donating his or her own blood.

According to Dr. Asim Qidwai Chief Executive Officer of AMTF this is a new concept to emotionally attach a blood donor with a blood recipient, especially with a child suffering from Thalassemia, who is dependent on others’ blood for their entire life”. We conceived and launched this concept in May 2015 in order to convince and explain to the blood donors that their blood was really important for blood-dependent children and to show them the feelings of a child when he or she receives blood. “After seeing blood being transfused to a child while donating his own blood, the donor asks us to register him or her as a permanent donor as he or she finally understands the need for regular blood donations. So far, around 2000 persons have registered themselves with us as permanent blood donors”, Dr. Qidwai informed.   

AMTF Chief Executive Officer maintained that in a country where people donate blood only in order to get blood in exchange for their loved ones and where there is no concept of voluntary blood donations, their concept could create a major difference. AMTF he further stated was the only Thalassemia treatment and prevention center where an Intensive Care Unit for children, a heart clinic, inpatient services, daycare facilities and a diagnostic lab with a latest and equipped blood bank was operating.

Dr. Tariq Aziz consultant Hematologist said they were using the best available, WHO recommended equipment for the screening of the blood and added that all international protocols were being followed for safe blood donations and transfusions at the AMTF.

Martin Dow’s chairman
meets French President

KARACHI: Chairman of Martin Dow Mr. Jawed Akhai met the French President Francois Hollande during his recent visit to France. During the meeting they explored the possibilities of partnership between Pharmaceutical sectors of the two countries on large scale basis. The meeting took place in the French Province of Corrze as both were present there. Mayor of Tulle Bermard Combe was instrumental in arranging the meeting.

The French president was assisted in the meeting by Governor of Province of Corrze Bertrand Gaume, Mayor of Tulle, and Deputy Governor of Corrze Adeline Savy. From Martin Dow side, beside the firm,s chairman, the officials present were Advisor Martin Dow, David Syed; Director of the proposed site in France Alain Schwenck; and Quality Director Emmanuelle Teilhet.

During the meeting Martin Dow’s future plans for the site of former Bristol-Myers Squibb’s pharmaceutical plant, which is located in the town of Meymac, Province of Corrze also came under discussion. In addition, technical development of the site (e.g., pharmaceutical production and new investments planned to diversify production) as well as expected economic benefits in the region that will derive from the development of the site, also came under discussion.(PR)

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