One percent of new borns in country suffer from heart diseases

KARACHI: One percent of newborn babies are suffering from one or the other type of cardiac (heart related) disease demanding urgency in capacity building of the health-care professionals in the country.

Experts addressing a symposium organized by Pakistan Medical Association in collaboration with Chinese Medical Association as part of ongoing MEDCONG – 2016, said these heart conditions among infants are largely treatable through efficient medication, including provision for surgical intervention.

Cardiac Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Asif Hasan said it was high time to enhance professional capacities of health-care providers in general and cardiac as well transplant surgeons in particular.

He also reiterated need to improve existent health infrastructure in the country to tackle these cases.

The senior surgeon, based in England, said most of the congenital cardiac diseases are being treated with much improved outcome in developed world and Pakistan too holds all chance to improve professional capacities of its physicians as well as surgeons to perform required interventions saving a large number of affected babies.

“Parents should have no worry anymore here looking for treatment of their children,” said Dr. Asif Hasan.

Dr. Zehra Kapadia, from Houston, USA, in her presentation during a session onOncology said many of the women in the third world are a silent victim of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is second leading cause of death after breast cancer in women. she said mentioning that several modern techniques and treatment options are available to prevent these deaths.

Dr. Amir Liaquat of Kiran Hospital and Dr. M. Noor Soomro of Civil Hospital Karachi also made their respective contributions to thesubject.

Discussing medical education, Dr. Nighat Huda from College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) and Prof. Lubna Baig of Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) stressed the need to update medical education curriculum and structure on modern lines.

The two senior medical educationists said many of the local doctors cannot compete with those getting medical education in developed parts of the world as their education is not on right track nor they are included in organized training programs.

Speakers addressing the session on orthopedic said many of the bone related diseases get complicated despite timely and proper diagnosis as little attention is paid for their treatment.

Sessions on gynecology, anesthesia, an update on arthroplasty, bio ethics, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology and diabetes, family medicine, infectious diseases were also attended by  a large number of doctors from across the country.