LAHORE: Punjab Assembly Member Dr Asad Ashraf inaugurated the Patient Education Centre at the Lahore General Hospital on Sunday.
The centre’s main purpose is to help diabetes and metabolic disorders patients manage their diseases. “Doctors have a duty not just to treat patients, but also to apprise them and their attendants of preventive measures against various diseases,” said Dr Ashraf at the opening of the centre in the LGH outpatient department complex.
The MPA said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was determined to provide modern medical facilities to the people of the province. He said that the current Punjab government had made “unprecedented” upgrades to the LGH.
He said he was hopeful that the hospital and the Postgraduate Medical Institution (PGMI) would expand their services further and improve the standard of education and training of doctors, nurses and paramedics.
Addressing the ceremony, Prof Israr Ahmad of the LGH said that the Patient Education Centre would be of vital help for diabetes patients.
LGH Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Hassan said that for diabetes, prevention was better than cure. He said that the LGH, in accordance with the Punjab government’s policy, was providing medical facilities to patients against a token fee of only one rupee.
Prof Ghiasun Nabi Tayab and Dr Imran Hassan Khan said that the Patient Education Centre would educate patients and their relatives, as well as the general public, about various aspects of diabetes mellitus, especially ways and means to prevent it. Special lectures will be arranged in Urdu to inform patients about how to administer insulin and how to dispose of needles. It will also be used for the continuing medical education of doctors and nurses and will help integrate medical teaching, they concluded.
Prof Agha Shabbir Ali and Dr Israrul Haq Toor also attended the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2012.