Lahore: Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that by following preventive measures and implementing the principles of hygienic, we can save ourselves from disease, thereby minimizing cost of billion of rupees on cure and treatment. He said, under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab government has taken revolutionary steps for development of health sector including betterment of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff and in addition to ensuring welfare of the patients.
He expressed these views while talking to media men and addressing a seminar on the occasion of a walk in connection with World Diabetic Day at Lahore General Hospital. Chairman Board of Management Gen. (Retd.) Ziauddin Butt, Principal PGMI Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra, former Principal King Edward medical College Prof. Mehmood Ali Malik, Prof. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, Prof. Agha Shabbir Ali, Prof. Ali Haider, Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Dr. Israr ul Haq Toor, Dr. Imran Hassan Khan and medical Superintendent Dr. Muhammad Hassan, faculty members, doctors, nursing staff, paramedics, patients and their relatives attended the seminar. Addressing the seminar, Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra said that in order to eliminate diabetes there is dire need to launch a dengue like campaign on emergency basis. He said the diabetes known as mother of all diseases. He said that timely steps are not taken to create awareness among the general public in this regard, the number of patients of sugar would doubled in Pakistan by 2030.
Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra said that as a result of extreme hard work and dedication by the Chief Minister the dengue disease has been defeated, however, there is still a need to continue a campaign against dengue virus, so that it does not crop up again in the coming years. Ex-Principal King Edward Medical College Prof. Mehmood Ali Malik, Prof. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab and Dr. Imran Hassan said that, at this point in time, more than one crore persons are diabetic patients throughout the country. Diabetes is the silent and deadly disease, if not control in time, badly affect heart and other organs. Speakers said that such parents whose progenies are overweight should particularly keep watch their nutritional habit, should not allow them watch television or set before the computer more than half an hour. In case of excessive urine, a thirst and increase in weight, acknowledge a doctor should be consulted. They pointed out that illnesses like blood pressure, blindness and other diseases are directly related to the sugar. According to the experts, the best way to save oneself from diabetes is to indulge in physical activities including regular exercise and simple food.
A free medical camp was also set up on the occasion, where patients were tested for sugar free of cost. Nurses and nursing students were carrying banners and play cards regarding awareness about the diabetic disease. At the end of the ceremony, free of cost medicines and gifts were distributed among the patients on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.