Coun­try faces short­age of neuro sur­geons

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

LAHORE—Prin­ci­pal Post Grad­u­ate Med­i­cal In­sti­tute and Lahore Gen­eral Hospi­tal Prof. Dr. Khalid Mah­mood has said that a mod­ern method of op­er­a­tion through nose has been in­tro­duced for the treat­ment of brain tu­mor in Lahore Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

More­over, a highly ef­fi­cient MRI ma­chine with vast ca­pac­ity of work is be­ing in­stalled at LGH at a cost of Rs. 25 crore which will be the first one in all pub­lic sec­tor hospi­tals. In or­der to avoid brain tu­mor, simple way of life, reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, pro­found sleep and free from men­tal stress and strain are very ef­fec­tive mea­sures.

Prof. Khalid Mah­mood ex­pressed these views in con­nec­tion with World Tu­mor Day while talk­ing with me­dia at Post Grad­u­ate Med­i­cal In­sti­tute here to­day. He told that all kinds of tu­mor are not dan­ger­ous and most of the hospi­tals of Pun­jab are hav­ing fa­cil­i­ties of neuro surgery for this kind of dis­eases.

He said that our coun­try is fac­ing acute short­age of neuro sur­geons and only 20 pro­fes­sors of neuro surgery and 200 neuro sur- geons are avail­able for 20 crore pop­u­la­tion.

He said that per­ma­nent headache and vom­it­ing are ma­jor symp­toms of brain tu­mor and such cases must be re­ferred to doctor im­me­di­ately. He said that brain tu­mor in equally com­mon with male and fe­male but those chil­dren who are hav­ing ra­di­a­tion can be soft tar­get of this dis­ease. He said that es­tab­lish­ment of Pun­jab In­sti­tute of Neuro Sciences is a great de­vel­op­ment which have so far cost of Rs. 2 bil­lion.

This 10 story building will have 500 beds with fa­cil­i­ties of physio ther­apy, lab and 15 skill work sta­tions. This project re­flects the keen in­ter­est of Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif who gave away huge funds for the project.

This in­sti­tute would pro­vide all med­i­cal and di­ag­nos­tic fa­cil­i­ties to pa­tients un­der one roof. More over doc­tors would be able to con­duct mod­ern re­search and train­ing through this in­sti­tute. Dr. Khalid also termed this im­pres­sion wrong that mo­bile phone can be harm­ful and cause brain tu­mor. He said that re­search has proved this con­cept base­less.

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