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Pak-China MEDCONG opens new avenues for increased collaboration between Pakistan and China in Health Sector.

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After the commencement of work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will go a long way in further cementing friendly relations between China and Pakistan, avenues for further co-operation between the two countries in other fields has also brightened up. Pakistan Medical Association took an initiative to organize the First ever Pakistan China Medical Congress named as Pak-China MEDCONG at a local hotel from January 8-10th 2016 which attracted a large number of healthcare professionals. The organizers had chalked out an elaborate interesting scientific programme spread over numerous plenary sessions and symposia on different disciplines of medicine. A forty four member delegation of Chinese Medical Association which participated in the congress actively contributed to the scientific deliberations.

Apart from providing an opportunity for social interaction between the healthcare professionals and professional bodies of both the countries, it also offered a unique opportunity to the participants to share their knowledge and experience and benefit from each other's accomplishments in respective fields.The event jointly organized by Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) in collaboration with Chinese Medical Association (CMA) was aimed at paving a way for medical corridor between Pakistan and China. The conference also attracted medical experts from Sri Lanka, England and UAE and these guest speakers also enriched the scientific programme of the conference. It is expected that follow-up of such conferences may also become a reality in the days to come in both the countries.

The organizers had invited Prof Atta-ur -Rehman Ex-Federal Minister and Ex-Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to be the chief guest in the inaugural session. Speaking on the occasion he said that Pakistan has made tremendous progress in the field of Genetics and Information Technology.Key to success lies in education and Pakistan has invested a lot in higher education which helped in fascinating advancement in various fields which includes publication of ten thousand research papers published in international journals during one year and Pakistan is ranked at number three in the World in Information Technology sector.

Prof Attaur Rehman further said that Pakistan and China have strong high-level collaboration with each other and relation of both countries have been improving day by day in various sectors including education, research, medical, infrastructure building and other fields. Establishment of medical corridor with China would benefit the country's poor patients. Tremendous opportunities exist for the medical students and researchers of the two countries once provided with a chance to work together, he added.

Prof. Tipu Sultan Chairman Organizing Committee of the MEDCONG in his welcome address said that China and Pakistan are friends since decades and have been dear and close friends and this friendship has passed test of time.The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a new cooperative marker post to open a new era of interconnection and inter working with simultaneous emphasis on strategic safety and economic development.The academic and professional cooperation between PMA and CMA will bear productive results, he hoped.

Dr. Yan-Fei Liu, Vice President and Secretary General of the CMA, addressing the participants stated that Pakistan is a magnificent country, rich in natural resources and cultural heritage. This ancient and magical land gave birth to a brilliant civilization. The Pakistani people are kind-hearted, hardworking, talented and courageous,with the spirit of perseverance and unyielding. To deepen the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor construction, responding to a proposal from the PMA, CMA and PMA are going to make coherent efforts to build a Pak-China Medical Corridor in order to seek bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the field of continuing medical education, patients caring, academic exchanges, medical information and experience sharing, he added.

Dr. Yan-Fei Liu, further said that CMA had made continued efforts to promote medical scientific exchanges at home and abroad, and facilitate the development of medical science and technology.Our international colleagues contributed their great support and selfless help to the CMA. China and the international medical community constantly need to strengthen exchanges, deepen cooperation, and facilitate mutual progress and amalgamation.There is a dire need for deepening cooperation to fulfilling the objective of connectivity among Asian countries, establishing a basic framework for connectivity in Asia by relying on the economic corridor, and laying a solid social foundation for connectivity in Asia by cultural and educational exchanges.

China and Pakistan are neighboring countries linked by mountains and rivers are all-weather strategic partners and as good brothers always supporting each other.

Talking about CMA, Dr. Yan-Fei Liu informed that it was founded in 1915 and is one of the largest nonprofit academic organization and has six hundred thousand members, eighty eight specialty societies and nearly five hundred sub-specialties. CMA publishes 174 print and electronic medical Journals besides hosting nearly two hundred sessions of international and national medical conferences every year.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed by PMA and its counterpart China Medical Association during the congress. The both PMA and CMA were declared sister concerns under the MoU while the decision to rotate the event every two years in the two countries would also be formalized. Dr. Qaiser Sajjad presented the vote of thanks.

Scientific programme of the conference consisted of Pre-Congress workshops on Head and Neck Reconstruction, Hemorrhage during pregnancy and its management, Ovulationinduction for family physicians, Vacuum Delivery, Challenges of contraception and abortion in Pakistan, Eclampsia, Molecular Pathology and Airway Management. PMA also organized numerous Public Awareness Programmes on Accidents, Trauma and its management, Breast Cancer and its prevention, Blood Diseases and Infertility besides strengthening the Bones. There were Breakfast sessionson Ovarian Cancer, Caesarean Section. There were two plenary lectures daily during the three day conference.

It included Esophageal Cancer-Why Men do badly by Dr.Syed Yousuf Iftikhar, Evolution and concepts of Family Medicine by Prof. Riaz Qureshi, Cardiac Transplantation in Pakistan by Dr. Asif Hassan, Quality in Medical Education-Role of Professional Societies by Dr. Syeda Kausar, Maternal Health Situation in Pakistan by Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi and Changing Face of Healthcare educaiotn and management-Future perspectives and Directions by Dr. Salman Faridi.

There were concurrent sessions on important subjects on all the three days after plenary sessions and the subjects, disciplines which were covered included Hepatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Cardiology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopaedic,Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Medical Education, Bioethics, Update in Arthoplasty, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Diabetology, Family Medicine, Neurology, Genital Tract Fistula, Critical Care, Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Infertility, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology and Dermatology. Attendance in the plenary sessions was very good but it was very disappointing in some other sessions particularly on Sunday simply because there were too many sessions going on at the same time.

The organizers should have been more selective in accepting presentations rather than pleasing every one, thus ensuring quality presentations at few sessions which would have been much more useful. Detailed report on some of the presentation in the plenary sessions to follow.
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Date:Jan 31, 2016
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