LAHORE: Gastro Summit 2018, held under the aegis of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology, concluded on Sunday.
A record number of 200 research papers were presented. These focused on modern ways to treat liver and stomach diseases and hepatitis while highlighting uses of endoscopic ultrasound.
Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof Dr Ghaisun Nabi Tayyab said that due to the continuous efforts of medical seniors, Pakistan had earned the comity of developed nations.
He said that hepatitis was widespread and was on the radar of the Punjab government. Annually, Rs3.5 billion is being spent to provide patients with medicine free-of-charge while establishing separate wards for Gastroenterology is the government’s priority, he added.
Principal PGMI said that young doctors could benefit from the international summit and provide latest medical facilities for their patients.
He stressed that efforts were being made to eradicate hepatitis. In connection with this, 1,457 jobs have been created in Gastroenterology wards across Punjab, the credit for which goes to Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
More than 70,000 patients are expected to benefit from endoscopic procedures annually, while 400,000 patients will end up visiting hepatitis clinics.
So far, 281,678 patients have been registered while 196,936 were screened for Hepatitis B and C. Moreover, 172,208 patients were vaccinated for Hepatitis B and 54,489 received free medication.
Organisers of the conference, Prof Sumail Zafar and Dr Israr-ul-Haque Toor thanked the national and international guests calling it an honour for Pakistan to host delegates from USA, UK, Canada and Turkey.
The foreign delegates of the conference also visited the historical sites of Lahore. They expressed their gratitude for the hospitality shown to them and added that they would remember the tour for a long time.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2018.
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