KARACHI: First time in Pakistan, An International Symposium on ‘Ramadan and Health’ organised by Dow University of Health Sciences starts today at Ojha Campus by Pre-Symposium Workshop at National Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology (NIDE). The Pre-Symposium Workshop is organised for doctors and para-medical staff aims to give awareness about the usage of Insulin.
The Pre Symposium Workshop is divided into 2 sections. In the first session, Dr. Zaman Shaikh, Ex Director, National Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology (NIDE), DUHS and Dr. Farid Uddin, Deputy Director National Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology (NIDE), DUHS spoke on Insulin therapy. They said that in the past, diabetes patients do not fast during Ramadan but now the Diabetes patients after training can fast during Ramadan. Insulin increase glucose uptake particularly in muscle, live and adipose tissue. The insulin therapy aims to replicate the normal physiological insulin response. There are many misconceptions about insulin therapy in diabetes. He said that insulin is essential not only for health of diabetes, but it is needed to save life of so many diabetics especially for persons with type 1 diabetes. He stressed that much awareness is needed for the proper and accurate use of insulin. He highlighted new advancements in insulin therapy and said that new needles used nowadays to inject insulin are virtually painless.
In the second session, Dr. Nazeer Shaikh, Director, Research Department, DUHS, Dr. Abdul Rasheed & Mehwish Hussain will speak on Bio-Statistic Techniques. They said that the aim objective of the Workshop was to enhance the concept of statistical tools used in health sciences with their application.
The main Symposium will be held tomorrow on Saturday 29th October 2013 at Ojha Campus in which Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS & Prof. Dr. Zaman Shaikh, Ex Director, NIDE besides national and international speakers will speak on Ramadan and health.