Many diseases can be treated with balanced healthy diet-Dr. Sikandar Mandhro

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 Ramadan & Health Conference by JSMU & SSIDE

Many diseases can be treated with balanced
healthy diet - Dr. Sikandar Mandhro

Urges Doctors to do research on side effects of bad eating habits

JSMU is committed to play a leading role in research
relevant to our own problems - Prof. Tariq Rafi

KARACHI: Many diseases can be prevented by educating the people to use balanced healthy diet and doctors need to do research on side effects of bad eating habits. This was stated by Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro Sindh Minister for Health, Religious Affairs, Zakat and Usher. He was inaugurating the Second Pakistan International Biennial conference on Ramadan and Health jointly organized by Jinnah Sindh Medical University and Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology here from September 8-10th 2017. The meeting attracted large number of physicians from Pakistan including a few invited guest speakers from Egypt, Iran and Malaysia.

Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro further stated that he loves medical profession, he practiced medicine for many years as I graduated in 1969. We as Muslims, he said, are blessed with a great religion. Many diseases can be treated with behavior therapy and diet. However, he pointed out that the foods and diet we take at the time of Iftar was not at all healthy. We should avoid fatty foods as they adversely affect the health. Jinnah Sindh Medical University, he said, was just five years old but it has made tremendous progress and he was delighted to see that it was engaged in such useful academic activities like holding conference on a unique subject like Ramadan and Health. We need to encourage original research and promote academic activities, he added.

Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Paecheo in his speech said that we need guidance. Fasting leads to Taqwa. Various diseases affect people with diabetes during fasting and they need to be managed to avoid serious compilations. He also referred to the problems related to JPMC and JSMU and said that he was keen to resolve them soon so that their working is not affected.

Prof. Tariq Rafi, Vice Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University speaking at the occasion said that lot of work was being done on Fasting and Health but we in Pakistan somehow lack behind in this specific field though some groups are doing some useful research work. Lot of work has been done on this subject in Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Research scene in Pakistan is still in a developing phase. Numerous new medical universities have been established in Pakistan during the last five six years. Universities are basically meant to produce knowledge, do research and enhance the standard of education. JSMU, he opined, will play a leading role in research relevant to our own problems. We have started our own journal and the faculty members publishing their research work in Impact Factor Journals are paid Rs. 10,000/- to encourage them. Ramadan & Health is a new subject and we would like to work in close collaboration with other institutions and organizations, he added.

Earlier Prof. Zaman Sheikh, Co-Chairperson of the conference in his address highlighted the significance of the conference. He pointed out that there are over two Billion Muslims in the world which is almost 25% of the world population. Diseases are seen everywhere and Muslims living all over the world wish to fast but they have to take some precautions. Fasting can be very dangerous in some diseases hence consultation with the diabetologists or treating physicians is essential before fasting. We need to give some guidelines to patients like pregnant female who wish to fast, patients in End Stage Renal Disease, those on dialysis or suffering from cardiac diseases. But they can fast provided they follow certain guidelines. In Type1 diabetes at least two insulin injections are needed daily. During the conference most of the diseases which people with diabetes suffer will be discussed by national and international speakers.

Prof. Nazeer Khan Chairperson of the conference said that almost 67% of Muslims over the age of fifteen years fast. Fasting leads to significant changes in sleep pattern and dietary habits which results in some physiological changes in the body. There will be four key note speakers and over thirty six papers in all will be presented by various speakers in nine scientific session. Sardar Yasin Malik also spoke at the occasion. Detailed reports on some of the presentations at the scientific session on Day Two a Day Three of the conference will follow.

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