Week-long national health conference “Medicon 2014” held under the auspices of Khawaja Safdar Medical College Sialkot concluded here on Sunday.

It was the first-ever mega health and medical event held at Sialkot. Principal Dr Zafar Ali Chaudhary told newsmen that the conference provided unique opportunities for the doctors and medical students to share their experiences and views and to learn from each other. The moot had begun on March 18th. The scientific sessions on medicine and allied, paediatrics, surgery and allied, Gynae, eye, ENT, cardiology, medical education and psychiatry were held on the last day.

The senior doctors of Pakistan delivered lectures on the latest research in medical and health fields especially Paediatric Audiological Assessment, Evoke Response Audiometery and various scenarios. As many as 16 workshops of the doctors and the medical students were held during the week. Sixty senior doctors delivered their lectures about the latest technologies of medical treatment especially on audiology orientation, neonatal resuscitation, infection control, developmental paediatrics, knee replacement surgery, endoscopy etc.

The speakers included Dr Masood Sadiq, A Majeed Ch, Prof Sajjad Hussain, Prof G M Baloch, Dr Shehzad Bashir, Dr Intizar Hussain Butt, Dr Rubina Zafar, Prof Junaid Sarfraz and Prof Khalilur Rehman. They stressed a need for making efforts to educate the people about conducting screening tests of hearing of the newborns.

They also asked the government to start a programme about the screening test of hearing of newborns, besides, initiating the much needed training of the lady health visitors at the district and tehsil levels to motivate the people in this regard.

MPAs Manshaullah Butt, Ch Muhammad Ikram, Ch Arshad Javaid Warraich, Ch Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Rana Muhammad Iqbal Harnah, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed, Principal Dr Zafar Ali, DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan Vice Principal Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, EDO (Health) Dr Ziaul Hassan and DHO Dr Javaid Warraich attended the ceremony.

Addressing the participants, Dr Gondal said that the CPSP had also granted postgraduate medical training at Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital. The commissioner said that the Punjab government was spending Rs3 billion on the establishment of three international standard medical colleges each in Sialkot, Gujrat and Gujranwala districts for providing state-of-the-art quality education to the local students.

He urged the doctors to adopt the latest research and get the maximum benefits of the advanced medical technologies. Manshaullah said that Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital would soon be upgraded to 1,100 beds from its persisting capacity of 400 beds.

He Punjab government had already released special development funds of Rs4 billion for the purpose, he added.

KMSMC Principal Dr Zafar Ali said that the annual results of KMSMC Sialkot remained 99 percent this year and it clinched 2nd position across Punjab. During the renaming ceremony of different units of Govt. Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital, urology unit was named after Dr Farrukh Ahmed Khan, paediatrics unit after Dr Shaukat Raza, eye department after Dr Muhammad Latif, ENT ward after Dr Asadullah Lone, Gynae ward after Dr Rashid Latif and neuro surgery ward was named after Dr Muhammad Bashir.