Seminar on “Health Security; the Neglected Element of National Security”

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), The University of Faisalabad organized a seminar on “Health Security; the Neglected Element of National Security” in Health Sciences Campus, on September 12, 2017.

Eminent scholar Dr Farrukh Saleem, a strategic analyst, CEO, Center for Research and Security Studies gave deliberation on the topic. In his address, he presented the concept of human security based on three distinct processes; Economic Security, Food Security and Health Security. The nutritional status of people of Pakistan was not satisfactory, he added. He emphasized that health and education sector should be given top priority.  Education was directly proportional to the economical development of a country as it opens window of opportunity for the economically active people, he further added.

Prof Dr Abdul Majeed, Rector of the University, Prof Dr Aamir Ali Choudhry, Vice Principal University Medical & Dental College and Prof Dr Zahid Masood also spoke on the occasion. It was highly interactive session participated by large number of faculty members and students.


Independence Day Celebrations at TUF

The University of Faisalabad celebrated “Independence Day” in both the campuses. Prof Dr Abdul Majeed, Rector and Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences unfurled the National Flag and National anthem was played. In their luminous messages they motivated the students to devote themselves for their studies for the prosperity and stability of their homeland. Faculty members, administrative staff and large number of students were present on the occasion. Students also expressed their views and sang national songs to pay homage to the martyrs of freedom. Special prayer was also offered for the stability, prosperity and integrity of the motherland.

Ambassador of Somalia visited TUF

H.E Mrs Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi, Ambassador of Somalia visited Health Sciences Campus of TUF on August 4, 2017. During the meeting with Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and other faculty members, the ambassador was briefed about the The University of Faisalabad, Madinah Teaching Hospital and other welfare projects running under the auspices of Madinah Foundation. The ambassador visited different departments and labs of the University and Madinah Teaching Hospital and appreciated the state-of- the-art infrastructure and standard of education in TUF. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi said that a large number of students from Somalia are getting education in different universities of Pakistan. She showed keen interest to promote cooperation between embassy of Somalia and The University of Faisalabad so that more and more Somali students may get benefits from this Institute. She also planted a sapling in the University lawn.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day was observed in The University of Faisalabad on July 28, 2017. Addressing the audience Prof Dr Zahid Masood, HoD Community Medicine, UMDC stated that every 10th person in our country is suffering from one type of hepatitis or the other and the viral infection varies in severity from a self-limited condition with total recovery to a life-threatening or lifelong disease. According to medical experts, over 20 million people in Pakistan are infected with hepatitis B and C virus including around 15 million with C and five million with B and the disease is swelling at an alarming rate.

Owing to lack of preventive measures and treatment facilities, hepatitis prevalence in Pakistan is the highest on the globe.  WHO has given a target to eliminate viral hepatitis in next 13 years. World community responded by launching the first ever Nohep initiative which is now running successfully including Pakistan.

On the occasion Dr Uzma, Dr Hina, Dr Sehrish and MBBS students spoke on prevention and control of Hepatitis in Pakistan. An awareness walk on ‘World Hepatitis Day’ was also organized by Department of Medicine in Madinah Teaching Hospital.

Seminar on “World No tobacco day”

Tobacco is responsible for approx 80,000 deaths annually in Pakistan directly or indirectly. It was major cause of lung cancer and heart diseases globally in addition to many other diseases attributed to smoking. This was disclosed by Professor Dr Zahid Masood in a seminar to mark the “No tobacco day” at The University of Faisalabad.

Dr Zahid Masood, Head Department of Community Medicine, UMDC said that according to State Bank report Pakistanis spent Rs. 250 billion on over 64 billion cigarettes in the financial year 2014. The number of young female smokers in Pakistan had jumped to 16.3% from 6% in recent years. According to a study conducted in Pakistan frequency of shisha smoking among students was 19.7%. Smoking Shisha for an hour was equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes in the same time. In countries like Pakistan a single cigarette pack was cheaper than a loaf of bread. Consequently smoking was getting popular among youth due to its easy availability and affordability, he added. Referring to a study published in world known research journal he said that death rate among smokers in age group of 30 to 69 years was two to three times higher than who never smoked leading to reduction in their life span by ten years. According to a report released by Pakistan Pediatric Association, the smokers of the low socio-economic group spent 25% of their total household income on cigarettes. He further added.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Rafshan Sadiq, Head of Oncology at PINUM, Faisalabad said that lung cancer was one of most common cancers in males and had strong correlation with smoking. She also spoke about the harmful effects of smoking on fetus during pregnancy. Chief Guest of the seminar, Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, TUF said that there was dire need to educate people on harmful effects of smoking on individuals and their families. He appreciated the efforts of Government of Punjab to address the menace of shisha smoking. Earlier Prof Dr Abdul Haq Director ORIC expressed his views. Dr Uzma gave the overview and spoke on the theme of No tobacco day. A large number of students and faculty members attended the seminar.

CME Session on “Laboratory Diagnosis of Chronic Hepatitis C and Cancer Registration”

A Continued Medical Education (CME) activity titled; ‘‘Laboratory Diagnosis of Chronic Hepatitis C and Population Based Cancer Registration” was held in UMDC Faisalabad on May 20, 2017. The event was held by the Department of Pathology, UMDC in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center Lahore.

A large number of medical graduates and healthcare providers from the renowned institutes of city attended the event. The formal beginning of the session was followed by the enlightening talk of Dr Farhana Badar Senior Biostatistician & Cancer Epidemiologist; Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center. She presented an overview of the cancer situation in Pakistan especially in Punjab. She also introduced various methodologies available and types of cancer registries. An important content of her knowledgeable presentation was the proforma to get enrolled as a member of cancer registry program and another performa for the patient registry. She shared the cancer data collected from different districts in the year 2015-2016.

The second guest speaker Dr Imran S Chaudhry delivered lecture on “Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Hepatitis”. He discussed almost every available technique starting from routine blood tests, serologic tests, nucleic acid based tests and genotyping tests for diagnosis of viral hepatitis. He emphasized the confirmation of infection in specific situations during the disease course along with false positive and false negative cases. When the treatment must be started and what appropriate treatment should be started.

A healthy discussion by a panel of the legends; Prof Dr Naeem Ahmad, Prof Dr Akmal Sharif and Assist Prof Dr Shahid Rasool along with Dr Imran S Chaudhry, in the field of gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary system was held in the end. All the participants and students talked about their queries very enthusiastically. Every question was discussed in detail by the panel of four heading persons.

Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences along with Mr Hamid Nawaz Sheikh, Controller Examinations, TUF distributed the University mementos to the guest speakers and members of panel discussion. In concluding remarks, Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed appreciated the worthy speakers and the organisers especially the department of Pathology.


Seminar on “World Malaria Day”

A seminar was held in The University of Faisalabad to mark the ‘World Malaria Day’ on April 25, 2017. Dr Asif Shahzad District Health Officer, Faisalabad was the guest speaker.

In his key note address, Prof Dr Zahid Masood, Head, Department of Community Medicine, University Medical & Dental College said that Malaria has re-emerged as a major cause of morbidity in Pakistan. Unpredictable transmission patterns, low immune status of the population, climatic changes, poor socioeconomic conditions, declining health infrastructure, resource constraints, poor access to preventive and curative services, and mounting drug insecticide resistance in parasites and vectors contribute to this huge disease burden. Globally every two minutes a child dies due to malaria especially in African countries. In Pakistan half a million-malaria cases occur annually and Sindh and Baluchistan are more affected provinces.

Higher morbidity and mortality is due to lack of awareness, he added. Sri Lanka, Morocco and Turkmenistan, had eliminated malaria — that is, reduced the incidence of infections in their countries to zero. Mosquito control was the main way to reduce malaria transmission at the community level. He disclosed that WHO has launched vaccine for malaria in three African countries which include Kenya Ghana and Malawi. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) remain the most important tools to address the health issues. Dr Asif Shahzad District Health Officer Faisalabad said that in Pakistan P – vivax was most common type of malaria parasite. He further added that Government of Punjab was geared up to eliminate menace of malaria. Prof Dr Abdul Haq Director ORIC showed his concerns on occurrence of malaria in some part of country due to P – falciparum which has fatal outcome.

Program was followed by a skit by MBBS 4th year students.

ORIC Workshop

Topic “Professional Ethics in Teaching” was arranged by ORIC on April 8th, 2017 for enhancing quality of teaching. The facilitator of the workshop was Ms Katsiaryna Hurbik, HOS/AP English Language and Literature.

An interactive session was attended by faculty members of UMDC and TUF. Prof Dr M Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Prof Dr Faqir Hussain, Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as senior faculty and Heads UMDC shared their views on the issues raised in the workshop.

Seminar on “Management of Breast Cancer – an update”

Department of Community Medicine, UMDC organized a seminar on “Management of Breast Cancer- an update” on March 31, 2017.

Guest speaker, Prof Dr Abdul Basit, Surgical Oncologist, Keele University Hospital UK, delivered key note address on the management of breast cancer. Speaking to the audience Dr Basit told that breast cancer is number one cancer among females. In Pakistan 83000 females are reported to have this fatal disease out of which 40000 die every year. One out of nine females has risk of developing breast cancer in Pakistan and we have highest number of females suffering from breast cancer in Asia.

Due to illiteracy, social and cultural reasons patients do not consult doctors in early stages. Patient reports to hospital in late stages where only little could be done.

Dr Zahid Masood, Head Department of Community Medicine in his address shared that only way to address the breast cancer was early diagnosis and prompt treatment in addition to awareness programs for target population. Ultrasound scan was good in under the age of 40 years females where as mammogram and ultrasound was preferable screening tests for females over 40 years of age.