KARACHI – Ziauddin University in collaboration with Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) organised a symposium on “Advances in Gynaecology & Fetomaternal Medicine”.
The objective of the symposium was to enlighten local health providers and broaden their horizon on the rapidly changing advances in modern medicine.
The guest speaker, Prof Khaled Ismail, who represented RCOG in the symposium, spoke on “Childbirth and pelvic floor dysfunction”.
Prof Rubina Hussain, a member of the International Menopause Society and chairperson of Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists, said that menopause brings with it a number of changes in a woman’s life and with it a number of problems, as well.
“Menopause should be perceived in positive way. It frees many women from cycle-related problems. Women are empowered to make fully informed choices about hormone replacement therapy and alternatives. The effects of menopause are often misunderstood and underestimated. It can result in problems ranging from hot flushes to brittle bones, joint stiffness and cardiovascular disease” She cautioned.
Consultant oncologist/hematologist and director of Ziauddin Cancer Hospital, Prof Tariq Siddiqui, discussed about pregnant women with Thrombocytopenia. It is a condition which is encountered fairly frequently in approximately 6-10 per cent of all pregnancies. Its awareness will facilitate one to understand its proper diagnosis and management, he added.
Consultant laparoscopic and general surgeon, Dr Haris Rasheed, who is also vice president of the Society of Surgery, spoke about the role of laparoscopic surgery in gynecological diseases. Laparoscopy has become one of the most common surgical procedures performed by gynaecologists all over the world. It not only helps in diagnosis, but is used to treat a multitude of different gynaecological diseases and conditions which are commonly encountered in our society, he added.
Dr Lubna Mushtaq Vohra, a specialist in breast surgery and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, updated on “Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer”. Pregnancy associated breast cancer is diagnosed during pregnancy or one year post partum. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in pregnancy. This is a problem that affects approximately 1 in 3000 to 1 in 10000 maternities, and is something that is extremely challenging for both the clinicians and the patients and hence needed to be addressed carefully and promptly.
Chairperson of Radiation Safety Committee and head of Ziauddin University Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department, Dr Nosheen Fatima, said that nuclear medicine is still a relatively developing field in Pakistan, but it needs to be looked into thoroughly.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Dr Aijaz Fatima said that our health facilities rely heavily on expertise. “One can bring revolution in the field of medicine through update information and latest research,” she opined.
Praising the speakers’ contribution to the field of medicine, Ziauddin University’s vice chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim advised them to share the latest information with their colleagues.