Seminar at King Edward Medical University
Alarming Hepatitis C epidemic can cause
millions of deaths and it is preventable

LAHORE: King Edward Alumni Association, a component society of APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America) conducted a seminar here recently where consequences of Hepatitis- C epidemic and how it can be prevented were discussed in detail. The meeting was addressed by Dr. Maqbool Arshad, Chair of Hepatitis C program of APPNA and Dr. Muhammad Abid, a member of the committee from United Kingdom.
The speakers highlighted the alarming incidence of hepatitis C in various districts of Punjab which range from 6.6 %to 13.1 % while in India the incidence of hepatitis C is as low as 1.1 to 2 %. It is expected that 3 million patients in Pakistan are suffering from severe progressive hepatitis C and this will lead to liver failure and esophageal varices which can actively bleed and lead to slow death. There will be up to three million deaths in the next one to two decades. Liver transplants are out of the reach of most of our population.
The seminar highlighted the causes of Hepatitis C which are preventable. They are reuse of needles, transfusion of blood with defective screening kits with high false negative results and up to 25 % of blood without screening donor blood. The seminar highlighted the use of improper disinfectants used to sterilize dental and surgical instruments. The spread of infection by barbers and beauty parlors worker also came under discussion.
The seminar recommended the following to control the epidemic:

1. Universal introduction of auto destructive syringes.
2. Registration of hepatitis C screening kits and removal of defective kits from the market immediately which are causing the spread of hepatitis C.
3. Medical waste legislation and enforcement of proper medical waste disposal to eliminate the recycling of disposable equipment.
4. Reduce the unnecessary injections, while it was felt that 90 % of injections in Pakistan are unnecessary. (PR)

PharmEvo offers learning opportunities
through e-knowledge from Harvard Medical School

KARACHI: Recognizing the importance of continuing education for healthcare professionals related to identifying and managing the diseases, PharmEvo has taken an initiative by introducing e-knowledge first time in Pakistan, working in collaboration with Harvard Medical School to develop certified CME activities to address this need.

A group photograph of participants in the e Knowledge programme organized by PharmEvo
at Dow University
Learning Resource Center at Karachi recently.

Harvard Medical School has been synonymous with excellence in education, research and clinical care for generations. Since the school was established in 1782, faculty members have improved human health by innovating in their roles as physicians, mentors and scholars. They’ve piloted educational models, developed new curricula to address emerging needs in health care, and produced thousands of leaders and compassionate caregivers who are shaping the fields of science and medicine throughout the world with their expertise and passion.
Education never ends for physicians, and PharmEvo helps them advance their knowledge. With e-knowledge, one can redeem what one has learned and wants to learn. The e-knowledge offers comfort of exam according to physician’s need based on clinically relevant articles. It is carefully constructed by practicing clinicians whose mission is to give doctors the most important information from the most clinically relevant articles, information they can use to advance their practice and improve patient care.
The mission of PharmEvo is to provide education for academic as well as private practitioners in all specialties and disciplines. These education.
PharmEvo has initiated this activity Pakistan keeping following objective in mind:

• Train GP’s & RMOs which will help in developing knowledge, skill & competencies
• Trained GP & RMOs will take better care of the patients and will play an important role in running affairs of community health in an efficient, continuous, preventive, cost effective and economical way
• Geared both to practicing physician and to physician who are candidates for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s subspecialty qualifying examination.

The first such programme was held at Dow LRC on 10th Sep’13. PharmEvo has planned a series of such academic events in the upcoming months all over the country.(PR)

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