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Third CCME Conference by
UHS on Oct. 27-29th 2016

LAHORE: University of Health Sciences will be hosting the third CCME Medical Education Conference at UHS premises from October 27-29th 2016.

PMA 32nd Biennial Med. Conference
at Karachi on Nov. 11-13th

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association is organizing its 32nd Biennial medical conference at a local hotel in Karachi from November 11-13th 2016.  Theme of the conference is Health Care—where do we stand.

President confers Civil Awards
on 5 healthcare professionals 

ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan conferred Civil Awards on 109 Pakistanis and twenty three foreigners on August 14th which also includes five eminent healthcare professionals. These awards will be given to the recipients at an investiture ceremony to be held on Pakistan Day March 23, 2017.

Those who have been honoured include Prof. Eice Mohammad Professor of Medicine who has been selected for Sitara-e-Imtiaz. He has served as Principal at a number of medical colleges in the public sector before his retirement. He is one of the commoners included in this list.  At present he is Prof. of Medicine at Islam Medical College, Sialkot.

Prof. Syed Athar Enam who has also been selected for Sitara-e-Imtiaz is a noted Neurosurgeon in the faculty of Aga Khan University at Karachi. Dr. Mahboob Ali also gets Sitara-e-Imtiaz has been honoured in the discipline of Medicine is from Punjab. Prof. Zulfikar A. Bhutta who has been selected for Pride of Performance award is a well-known paediatrician who retired as Prof.  & Head of the Dept. Of Paediatrics from Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.  Dr. Khalid Sharif is a noted cardiac surgeon currently serving in UK.

Similar name of two products
with different molecules

LAHORE: Prof. Faisal Nazeer Hussain Prof. of Orthopaedics at Avicenna Medical College Lahore has shared with us the following two labels of two different molecules but with similar names. One is an antihypertensive drug while the other is an anti-epileptic.

In view of the fact that almost over 85% of retail chemist shops in Pakistan do not employ qualified pharmacists, there is every likelihood of wrong medication. The doctor may write an antihypertensive drug to a patient suffering from high blood pressure but he may be given the anti-epileptic drug from the chemist shop as there is no difference in the name. Is the DRAP sleeping? Who allowed these two pharmaceutical companies to market these two drugs with different molecules with the similar name? Did not they check it at the time of granting registration?  The pharmaceutical industry also has some responsibilities to look into these issues but are they?  When will the authorities concerned wake up?

Workshop on Performing Safe Hysterectomy
at Koohi Goth Hospital

KARACHI: Pakistani National Forum on Women’s Health is organizing a Workshop to perform Safe Hysterectomy at Koohi Goth Fistula Center located at Koohi Goth Hospital in Deh Landhi, Bin Qasim Town, and Karachi on September 4th 2016. The timing for the workshop are 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM.

Master trainers for the workshop include Dr. Tomas Rassen Fistula Surgeon from Holland and Dr. Syed Sher Shah Syed from Pakistan while Dr. Asifa Noor is the facilitator. Registration is free.  All postgraduates are cordially invited.

Live demonstration for Repair of Iatrogenic Vesicovaginal Fistula is also being organized on September 4th 2016 from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM at Koohi Goth Hospital. Dr. Thomas Rassen is the resource person. All interested gynecologists and postgraduates students are welcome to attend. Registration is Free. For Registration and further details contact Dr. Asifa Noor on 03334803452 or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entrance Test for medical colleges
by UHS for 2016

  • Total Participants  56,272
  • Male  19730
  • Female 36,542
  • No. of Centers   27
  • Total Participants in 2015  46,559
  • Lahore Center  11,155
  • Rawalpindi  7,204
  • Multan   8,097
  • Faisalabad 5,742
  • Gujranwala 3,188
  • Bahawalpur  2,649
  • Sargodha  2,246
  • Sahiwal 2,911
  • Gujrat 1,546
  • Dera Ghazi Khan 1,948
  • Rahim  Yar Khan  1,813
  • Hasan Abdal  410
  • Sialkot 1,728


A commendable gesture
of remembering the Benefactors

KARACHI: Organizers of the 13th Congress of SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology set a unique example of remembering the past benefactors who have contributed a great deal to the development and promotion of ophthalmology in Pakistan.

Portraits of  late Lt. Gen. W. A. Burki founder President of College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan who was an ophthalmologist, Maj. Gen. Nasim, Maj. Gen. Mushtaq, late Dr. Jamshed H. Wania, Dr.M. H. Rizvi and Prof. Raja Mumtaz were prominently displayed in the corridor to pay them respect and recognize their contributions.

The organizers had also displayed portraits of some eminent ophthalmic surgeons who are still alive and continue to contribute a great deal promoting ophthalmic care and this discipline of medicine. It included Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad a well-known Retina surgeon, Dr.Akhtar Jamal Khan from Karachi, Prof. Lateen Chaudhry from Lahore, Prof. Saleh Memon from Karachi and Prof. Daud Khan from Peshawar.

Surgical expenses cause
financial catastrophe for millions each year

According to an analysis of publicly available data from 186 countries, direct medical costs of surgery put an estimated 43.9 per cent of the world’s population at risk of financial catastrophe and between 30.8 and 57.0 per cent at risk of falling below national and international poverty lines.

Direct medical expenditures on surgery will push approximately 30 million individuals into financial catastrophe and 11 million below their country’s poverty line every year.Five billion people around the world lack access to safe, affordable, and timely surgery; fixing this problem should be a global health priority. However, this research highlights the fact that surgery is expensive and can drive patients into financial destitution, said Dr. Mark Shrime, lead author of the British Journal of Surgery study. Scaling up surgical systems to meet the unmet need of the 5 billion should not happen at the cost of scaling up financial catastrophe.

Study examines different types
of surgery for Kidney Cancer

For completely endophytic kidney tumors, which grow inward, both open partial nephrectomy (OPN) and robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) led to excellent patient outcomes in a recent study.

When investigators analyzed information on 87 RPN and 56 OPN cases, they found that the patients in the RPN group had shorter length of hospital stay, less blood loss, and lower blood transfusion rates during surgery. No cancer recurrences occurred with median follow-up of 15.2 and 18.1 months in the RPN and OPN groups, respectively. There was no difference in rates of kidney function preservation following surgery.

Robotic partial nephrectomy results match the open approach for small localized endophytic renal masses, while affording a minimally invasive approach and shorter hospital stay, said Dr. Jihad Kaouk, senior author of the BJU International study.

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