Endocrinology conference begins today

LAHORE – The four-day international conference on endocrinology will begin at a local hotal on Thursday (today).

As many as 32 globally renowned doctors/researchers from Canada, the US, UK, UAE, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal would share their research/experience at the event jointly organized by Pakistan Endocrine Society and South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies.

Addressing a press conference at a local hotel on Wednesday, President Pakistan Endocrine Society Dr Ali Jawa said the experts from SAARC region would formulate a joint strategy to assess prevalence and address common endocrine disorders. He said the highlight of the conference would be the unveiling of the largest research study on prevalence of diabetes ever conducted in Pakistan on Saturday, November 25. The study has been done by collecting data of more than 19,000 subjects from across the country including interior Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA. He said the study has been done by Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar in collaboration with the Pakistan Endocrine Society as well as the University of Manchester, University of Glasgow and Khyber Medical College University. He added that on the concluding day SAFES Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Guidelines would be shared. These guidelines have jointly been developed by the South Asian Endocrine Societies for the benefit of practicing doctors treating patients with Gestational Diabetes.

Pakistan Endocrine Society, since its inception, has encouraged doctors and medical students to conduct and present research data. PES had dedicated sessions for presenting research data at annual and mid-summer conferences, he said.  “We solicited abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the Summit and received more than 50 abstracts. Five top abstracts were accepted for oral presentation with a cash prize of Rs50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best research paper respectively. Similarly, rest of the 45 abstracts were accepted for poster presentation with cash prize of Rs15,000, 10,000 and 5,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best poster presentation respectively”, he said.

The course will be followed by pre-summit training workshops for doctors in Osteoporosis, Medical Nutritional Therapy (Carbs Counting/DAFNE), Women Health, Research Methodology and Medical Writing, and Value of Well-Being and Goal Setting in a Doctor’s Life.  Prof Jawa said the PES was promoting educational and research activities in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by giving research and travel grants to young fellows to pursue their career.  President SAFES Dr S Abbas Raza said the federation was focusing on region-specific issues to help elevate the care standards to the level of developed world.

Hepatitis Prevention

Ordinance launched 

Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir has stressed the need for collective efforts to achieve WHO target of hepatitis-free Pakistan by 2030.

Addressing the launching of Hepatitis Prevention Ordinance 2017 at a local hotel on Wednesday, he stressed the need of devising integrated strategy to eliminate the menace.

Secretary P&SH Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Dr Sadain, Chairman PKLI Prof Saeed Akhter, Principal PGMI/LGH Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, representatives of international development partners and staff of the department attended the ceremony.

Kh Imran Nazir said that cooperation of all the stakeholders and the civil society was required to implement the law. He said that bifurcation of Health Department has helped focusing on preventive side.

Earlier, Secretary P&SH said that infant mortality, maternal mortality, malnutrition and spreading of hepatitis were the four biggest challenges. He said that target of treatment of one lakh hepatitis patients has been set for this year. He said that system for hepatitis control has been evolved in all the districts. Hepatitis filter clinics have been set up at district level. He said that the government has introduced auto destructive syringes. He said that 50 percent AD syringes have been added in the system. Within next two years, 100 percent disposable syringes would be replaced with AD syringes.

Program Director informed that licenses for beauty parlors and barber shops would be mandatory after promulgation of the ordinance. She said that training program would be started for the staff of beauty parlors and barber shops.

PKLI Chairman said that 1.2 million people in Pakistan need liver transplantation. He said that the ordinance would be helpful for controlling not only hepatitis but other blood borne diseases.





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