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BIDE organized ICDE 2016 calls for extension.

Prof. Abdul Basit and his team from Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology(BIDE) affiliated with Baqai Medical University put up a great effort to attract a large number of distinguished speakers from many countries of the world to participate in the International Diabetes and Endocrine Conference 2016 held at Karachi from August 19-21st 2016. The conference was arranged to celebrate Twenty Years of service by BIDE. Scientific highlights included plenary lectures on Diabetes Care in resource poor societies, Changing role of diabetes educators to case Manager, Cost effective footwear for people with diabetes with foot ulcers, Psychological Support to people with diabetes, Pregnancy and early childhood, an opportunity for diabetes prevention, Micronutrient intervention in pregnancy and cardio metabolic risk in newborns, Diabetes and Ramadan, invited lectures, numerous workshops besides panel discussion on Mother and Child Health with special reference to diabetes and Meet the Experts session.

At times numerous concurrent sessions were organized and the BIDE team managed to look after the audiovisual arrangements at all the sessions exceptionally well. Not only that, a few of the speakers who could not come, had their presentations through video conferencing facilities from overseas while a few were also recorded presentations. The conference had something to offer to every one starting from the Diabetologists to endocrinologists to internal physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, nursing staff, paramedics, obstetricians and gynaecologists to diabetes educators. Detailed presentations from some of the sessions and presentations to follow.

Prof. Mrs. Zahida Baqai Vice Chancellor of Baqai Medical University was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session. In her brief address she said that diabetes was a silent killer disease and we need to double our efforts to control it.

Prof. Akhtar Hussain Vice President IDF and Consultant Diabetologist and epidemiologist from Norway who was the Guest of Honour, addressing the participants said that he had association with BIDE since 15 years and we had student exchange and research programme. Lot of progress has been made during the last decade but still despite all our efforts, diabetes is increasing and we are not able to control it. Sixty five percent of diabetics live in Asia and we have the capacity to manage only 30% patients. Three fourth of people with diabetes live in the developing countries, that's why we have an increased responsibility. We need to think carefully as data we are getting from oversees will not help. We have to think locally, in view of the healthcare delivery system, cost of management, under nutrition etc. We must revisit the IDF guidelines, we need to know more about drug acceptability because it differs from person to person and population.

In next ten years we should look that what we have achieved and should stop epidemic of diabetes, he added.

Prof. Abdul Basit Director BIDE and the moving spirit behind this academic event in his speech said that we need to revise guidelines. National Diabetes Survey 2016 has been started. First Diabetes Survey was done in 1994-1998. Our National Clinical Practice Guidelines will be launched during the congress besides Diabetes Registry of Pakistan for Type 1 diabetes, first of its kind is also being initiated. BIDE has Research and Publication Department and we have one hundred eighteen publications in diabetes and endocrine so far. He also highlighted various CME activities and facilities being provided at BIDE. Talking about Foot Care Prof. Basit said that we talk lot about cancer and other disease but do not care about forty thousand legs being amputated every year.

Earlier Dr. A. Samad Shera chairman organizing committee in his welcome address said that he was happy that large number of delegates from MENA and outside MENA Region are attending this mega event. BIDE is also celebrating its 20 Year's of service and Baqai's are the pioneers of medical education in private sector in Pakistan.

The organizers also came up with planned activities with timelines in all the six straits which included Basic and Clinical Sciences, Diabetic Foot, Ramadan and Diabetes, Living with Diabetes, Maternal and Child Health and Endocrinopathies which have been endorsed by various professional specialty organizations working in the respective fields like Pakistan Endocrine Society, South Asian Federation of Endocrine Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists which is no mean achievement and augers well for the diabetic care in Pakistan.

The conference also recommended extension of diabetes care at the primary care level, early detection of diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and vascular complications. It also recommended setting up District Based Diabetes Centers all over the country. Other recommendations presented in the concluding session call for raising public awareness about diabetes, its complications and potential prevention. Increasing knowledge, skill in modern diabetes care among doctors and healthcare professionals, establishment of specialized professional teams for the management of Type-I diabetes within existing paediatric units, removal of economic hindrances to provision of insulin, establishment of accredited courses for training of diabetes specialist nurses. It also suggested documentation of prevalence of complications of diabetes to achieve the following goals in the next ten years:

1. Reduction in heart attacks and angina by 25%

2. Reduction of entry into end stage renal failure by 25%

3. Reduction of new diabetes related blindness by 50%

4. Reduction in lower limb amputation by 50%

5. Improvement of pregnancy outcome in diabetic mothers

The experts who formulated and approved the above guidelines also undertook to mobilize and direct their own resources in pursuit of these objectives.
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Date:Sep 15, 2016
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