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 PIMA Conference Proceedings

 Continued from December 15, 2016 Issue

Career Guidance Seminar

Medical students and young doctors largely attended this seminar where experts from medical profession and Pharma industry presented a detailed overview of career opportunities for medical professionals in Pakistan and abroad. Session was conducted by Dr. Zeeshan Ansari and seminar was addressed by PIMA Karachi President Dr. Atif Hafeez Siddiqui, Prof. Wasay Shakir, Dr. Kashif Shazli, Dr. Jamil Ahmed, and Mr. Jamshed Ahmed, Dr. Jawaid Mallick, Dr. Munir Sadiq, Dr. Saad Jilani and Dr. Atif Mansha.

Several scientific sessions including GI and Liver Diseases, Women Health, Neurology, Radiology, Common Problems in Ear, Nose and Throat, Orthopedics and Rheumatology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Common Surgical Problems, Cardio-Metabolic Disorders, and a plenary session on End of Life and Care of a dying person in an Islamic perspective were held where experts of their respective fields of specialization spoke on diseases and their available treatment in the country. PIMA also unveiled its guidelines for doctors on ‘ethical physician-pharma relationships’, advising doctors to refrain from precious free gifts, lavish tours and accepting money from pharma companies for prescribing their medicines. Workshops on Asthma, Breast Imaging, Prevention of stress and burn out among health care providers and communication skill were also part of the conference. 

Second day of the conference a plenary session was dedicated to Prof. Shamsuddin Rahimtoola where Dr. Abdul Bari Khan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indus Hospital talked about Free Healthcare Model: Is this possible in Pakistan? Indus Hospital, Dr. Bari stated is going to acquire all regional blood centers in Punjab and two in Sindh to meet the safe blood requirement of these provinces while its flagship hospital in Karachi would double its capacity from 150 beds to 300 beds by the end of this year.

Continuing Prof. Bari Khan said when he decided to establish a ‘free hospital’, people called him mad and ‘out of my mind’ but now by the grace of Almighty, Indus Hospital is model for entire world and its model is being taught at world medical varsities including John Hopkins. People said perhaps you would be able to establish a hospital with donations but you won’t be able to run it for free. But with the help of Almighty, we are running this hospital for free in private sector; it is paperless hospital, which was not denying treatment to any patient due to lack of money. Indus Hospital is an example of excellence in healthcare to please Almighty Allah, and has now Rs. 3.2 billion of annual budget he added.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed urged doctors to upgrade their knowledge and skills and try to ease the sufferings of patients instead of creating problems for them. Our patients are lot more aware of health issues as compared to the past. If we can’t ease their problems, which happen sometimes, we should not make their lives more miserable and avoid causing any further harm to them”, he added.

Dr. Usman Chachr Health Secretary Sindh who was the chief guest speaking in a plenary session on ‘Emergency Medicine, said that efforts were underway to improve emergency and healthcare facilities at public sector hospitals and in this regard, collaboration were being made with local private and international organizations to overhaul the health facilities in Karachi and rest of Sindh. Under public private partnerships, hospitals and health facilities were being contracted out while state of the art ambulance service was also being launched in two districts initially to save lives in the first couple of hours after accident and trauma. Similarly, health facilities in interior of Sindh were also being improved with the help of private national and international organizations to save precious human lives in case of emergencies, he added.

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