LAHORE - Head of Acute Stroke Centre of Punjab Institute of Neurosciences (PINS) Prof Umair Rasheed Chaudhary has stressed the need for raising awareness about benefits of immediately taking paralysis patient to the healthcare facility.

Addressing international conference on paralysis at PINS on Friday, he said that immediate medical attention was a key in saving patients from complications. Leading experts from the US, UK, UAE and other countries are attending the two day event.

“Six to 24 hours are vital in paralysis attack. Blood clot can be removed from the brain through angiography. Immediate intervention can save patients from complications”, said Prof Umair Raseed Chaudhary. He said that the conference would be a good learning opportunity for young doctors. He said that so far 35 patients have been benefitted from Acute Stroke Centre, first such initiative in the country.

He said that in neighboring India 35 such centers were operating. He expressed hope that other government and private hospitals would follow and set up such centres.

Leading experts from the US, UK and UAE including Prof Adnan Siddiqui, Prof Ansar Rai, Prof Ansar Tariq, Prof Husnain Haider Shah, Prof Osama Yaseen and Prof Tanveer Ahmed delivered lectures on different aspects of paralysis.

They said that there were number of methods of treatment and as such paralysis patients should not afraid anymore. They called upon young doctors to come forward and update knowledge and skill for own career growth and for the betterment of the ailing humanity.


Health Meeting


Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Zahid Akhtar Zaman has directed ensuring availability of doctors and allied health staff at BHUs, RHCs, THQ and DHQ hospitals.  Addressing video link meeting of CEOs of all District Health Authorities on Friday, he directed improving performance of field officers. Additional Secretary Technical Dr Asim Altaf, Additional Secretary Vertical Program Dr Saadain, Director General Health Services Dr Munir Ahmed, Director CDC Dr Shahnaz Naeem, Deputy Secretary Health Dr Yadullah, representative from UNICEF, WHO, Bill and Malinda Gates and Gavi were also present. Zahid Akhtar Zaman said that he would personally meet all CEOs, listen to their problems and devise future strategy for improving service delivery.  Dr Munir Ahmed said that measles vaccination campaign last month was successful during which more than 20 million children were vaccinated. According to the evaluation of development partners, he said, coverage was more than 95 percent. He said that all was due to cooperation of development partners. He said that three-day polio campaign would be launch in all districts of Punjab from Monday, December 10 for vaccinating more than 19.1 million children. He directed field officers to take measures for improving routine immunization coverage.