LAHORE - Surgeon General and Director General Medical Services Lt Gen Azhar Rasheed has said medical professionals in Pakistan in various advanced medical institutes in the country were now excelling in the medical knowledge and professional skills, which could be compared to any advanced centre in the modern world.

He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of three-day “Live International Cardiology” workshop at a local hotel on Thursday.

The workshop was organised by the Army Cardiac Centre Lahore in collaboration with Pakistan Cardiac Society, American College of Cardiology (Pakistan Chapter), Association of Pakistani-Descent Cardiologists of North America and Punjab Institute of Cardiology.

A large number of doctors, nurses, paramedics and technicians attended the workshop.

He added the days were gone when the patients in developing countries like Pakistan had to go abroad for the advanced medical and surgical treatment for various ailments due to inadequate medical facilities and lack of medical expertise.  Convener and Course Director Brig Afsar Raza also addressed the ceremony.

Highlighting the importance of the workshop, Azhar said that it would provide opportunity to even well-trained doctors to update their knowledge and polish their skills by sharing the experiences of the best and by mutual interaction while performing medical procedures.

He said that the workshop would provide a great opportunity of advanced learning to all the cardiologists, physicians, cardiac surgeons, post graduate trainees, nurses and paramedics who are attending the workshop. He added, “Since this conference is mainly focused on live interventions in cardiovascular disorders particularly the angioplasty and stent procedure, I am sure this will disseminate a huge learning and experience amongst all the participants in this highly demanding specialty”.

Brig Afsar said that main focus of this ‘live international cardiology meeting’ was the practical training of latest techniques and devices used in the angioplasty and stent procedures so that all the attendees gain maximum benefit from this workshop.

He added, “A wide spectrum of complex angioplasty cases is chosen for live operations and demonstrations to generate interactive discussion amongst the national and international experts for mutual learning and experience”.

He said that there would be didactic presentations, which have been arranged exclusively for cardiologists, general and primary health care physicians, cardiac surgeons, fellows, trainees and technicians to become familiar with the latest trends in the management of acute coronary syndrome.

 and with the basic techniques and complications of percutaneous coronary interventions.

He said, “During the preparation of this workshop we had to pass through a tough exercise in establishing the links between the centres abroad with our conference site for showing up the live cases of angioplasties to our audience for interactive discussion but this was eventually solved with the great help and cooperation from our foreign colleagues”.