KARACHI: A public awareness program about fasting and health, with accordance to the holy month of Ramazan, for general public was organised on Thursday by School of Public Health at Ojha Campus of Dow University of Health Sciences.

The theme of the program, “Ramazan Fasting and Health”, was to create awareness about self-care among general public as well as patients with diabetic, hypertensive and liver disease.

On the occasion, Chief Guest Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the holy month of Ramazan was a great opportunity to focus on bringing back a balanced and healthy lifestyle and through fasting one learn managing eating habits and improve self-discipline.

DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan emphasised on the role of awareness campaigns in improved management of patients with different conditions. He also showed his extreme satisfaction that the School of Public Health had taken the initiative in a very right direction. He said that such programs play important part especially in developing countries where common people do not have education and knowledge about their illness and totally rely on the clinician for management posing burden on their families and healthcare system.–Staff Reporter

Prof Nazir Khan, Director Reserarch Department, informed about the role of Ramazan Fasting Unit at DUHS to facilitate the research work on the effect of Ramazan fasting on human health. Keeping in view our dependency on western countries for research, the DUHS established this unit so that our own research data for our own country, he said.

National Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology (NIDE) Deputy Director Dr Fareeduddin also highlighted the role of NIDE in relation to Ramazan Fasting Unit. He also talked on what care is needed for pregnant women during fasting.

Renowned clinicians from various reputed institutes including Prof Muhammad Masroor, Dr Yaqoob Ahmeddani, Dr Nazli Hussain, Dr Shahid Majid and Dr Kashif Shafique also addressed the meet.–Staff Reporter