The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) awarded the Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) fellowships to three surgeons, Dr Bashir Ahmed, Dr Sharjeel Saulat and Dr Sadaf Ata Umar, on Friday.
Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Dr Ishrat Husain, was chief guest at the ceremony, which was attended by delegates from Turkey, Japan, Bangladesh and numerous cities from Pakistan.
The ceremony was part of the ongoing third International Pediatric Workshop. While speaking on the occasion, Prof Philips Ransley of Great Ormand Street Hospital, London, said, “The Pediatric Urology Fellowship will be a regular feature of SIMS.”
The fellowship programme by SIUT is aimed to provide a specialised medical work force, and to focus on the fifteen thousand children born with developmental defects of the urinary tract every year, and thousands of those who have stones inside their bodies.
The SIUT established its 40-bed Pediatric Urological Unit nearly a decade back. Nearly 500 patients visit the facility every week.
SIUT’s fellowship initiative elicited support from renowned medical experts from all over the world, who started holding pediatric workshops here on a regular basis.
They included Prof Philip Ransley, Dr Jeeta Dhillion and Stephanie Warne from London, Prof Ricardo Gonzalez and Prof Barbara from Zurich, and Dr Padraig Malon from Ireland. The visiting surgeons train Pakistani doctors in this specialty.
The provincial government declared SIUT to be the Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences after the Sindh Assembly had passed a resolution to the effect.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2012.