LAHORE - The 15th Annual PES-SAFES Summit 2017 titled “Together for Endocrinology”, being organized by Pakistan Endocrine Society – South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (PES-SAFES), has been inaugurated at a local hotel on Friday.

The representatives of country chapters of Endocrine Society from South Asia participated, while 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 during scientific sessions at the conference to be concluded on Sunday, November 26.

Speaking on the occasion, President SAFES Dr S. Abbas Raza welcomed the foreign experts/delegates and said SAFES vision was to keep focus and support on region-specific issues to help elevate the care standards to the level of developed world. “There is dire need to accelerate the pace of our work because of rising prevalence, complexity and severity of diabetes and metabolic disorders,” he added.

He said that the experts would focus on Diabetes Education Program, adding that a campaign would be launched to fight against poor lifestyles and obesity, which would mainly be targeting the younger generation. “It will be the biggest program for good lifestyles in the South Asia,” he added.

Prof Ali Jawa, President Pakistan Endocrine Society (PES), said that obesity had become a major health concern globally especially in South Asia as obesity led to diabetes, thus, converted to Diabesity and now turning into Metabesity, which ultimately led to morbidity and mortality. He said that the endocrine experts from SAARC region would try and formulate a joint strategy to assess prevalence as well as address common endocrine disorders as the region has similar culture and eating habits besides similar physical appearance.

Prof Dr AK Azad Khan from Bangladesh, Dr Noel Somasundaram from Sri Lanka, Dr Dina Sharistha from Nepal, Dr Ali Latif from Maldives were presented with conference insignias and later they also presented regional overview of the diabetes mellitus. During the Plenary Session, Prof Javed Akram from Pakistan, Prof AK Azad Khan from Bangladesh, Prof Abdul Jabbar from UAE, Dr Adrian Heald from UK presented lectures on metabesity. Prof AK Azad Khan from Bangladesh also spoke on role of religious leaders for prevention of non-communicable diseases particularly diabetes. Dr Tariq Rehman from UK gave South Asian perspective on obesity with words of wisdom as a bariatric physician. Dr Javed Raza from UAE spoke on “An almost cure for obesity: surgeon’s perspective”.

During the corporate symposium, Prof Dr Stephen L Atkin spoke on IDegAsp – Upcoming Advancement in Diabetes Therapies. Later, the pharmaceutical exhibition was also inaugurated.