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SEMINAR ON HOUSEHOLD POISONS .... EFFECTIVELY EDUCATES THE YOUTH & THE CHILDREN !!


“The proposed project of ‘Faisalabad Model Division’, by Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad & under the supervision of Principal Punjab Medical College & Surgeon Medico legal Punjab, holds its 2nd event of prime importance for the youth & school going children on February 12 2014”

Faisalabad Model Division Project holds basic components for the improvement in medico legal issues in Pakistan:

 

·        Training & academic upgrading of the doctors

·        Sensitization of the Experts on medico legal issues

·        Sexual Assault Cases

·        Poisoning Cases

·        Unknown Dead Bodies

·        Training of Police on:

-      Crime Scene Investigation

-      Preservation of Evidence (DNA)

-      Interpretation of the reports

·        Immediate Cardiac Response (ICR) Workshops in Road Traffic & Other Accidents

·        Web Collaboration & Data Sharing between relevant departments

 

Accidental poisoning cases is a serious global issue, especially in the children. According to a study, 45000 deaths occur (in the age group under 20 years of age) around the world in a year which amounts to more than 13% of the total accidental deaths. In high & middle income countries, accidental poisoning is the 4th biggest cause of injuries after road traffic accidents, fires & drowning. And fatal poisoning rates in low-income (as in Pakistan) and middle-income countries are four times that of high-income countries.

Focusing on the seriousness of the issue in Pakistan & to create awareness in youth & school going children, a seminar on household poisons was held by the Department of Forensic Medicine on February 12 2014, in the Auditorium of Punjab Medical College Faisalabad. Theme of the event was, “Safe storage, safe dosing, safe kids”.

The event was collaborated by eMed, World Health Organization (WHO), The City School Faisalabad, University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad, Aziz Fatima Medical College Faisalabad & Independent Medical College Faisalabad.

A competition on the display of stalls on household poisons was held between 3rd year students of the host & collaborating medical colleges. Students exhibited the best of their qualities & proved to be the best source of education for the participants, visitors, guests & children.

Kids of The City School performed skits on the hazards & prevention of the household poisons & received tremendous applause on their kills & efforts.

The seminar was well attended by the guests including Principal Aziz Fatima Medical College, Prof Asghar Ali Randhawa, Head of the Departments of the faculty of Punjab Medical College, Executive members of eMed & Head of the Departments of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology from various medical institutions of Punjab, including:

·        Prof Ahmed Saeed, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Gujranwala Medical College

·        Prof Akmal Shaheen, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Fatima Memorial College for Medicine & Dentistry.

·        Prof Khalid Mehmood Chaudhry, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Fatima Memorial College for Medicine & Dentistry.

·        Dr Nasreen Ishaq, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Sheikh Khalifa Zayed Medical & Dental College Lahore.

·        Dr Mrs Atsa Naheed, Additional Surgeon Medico legal Punjab, Lahore.

·        Prof Mohammad Aslam, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad.

·        Prof Saood Anwar Saqib, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Aziz Fatima Medical College Faisalabad.

·        Dr Bashir Ahmad Siddiqui, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Sargodha Medical College Faisalabad.

·        Dr Uzma Masood, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

·        Dr Humaira Arshad, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Gujranwala Medical College.

·        Mrs Asma Amer, Principal The City School Faisalabad.

·        Also, Prof Mohammad Rauf, Head of Community Medicine, Sargodha Medical College & representatives of Central Park Medical College Lahore, Sahiwal Medical College, EDOs (Health) Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, District Standing Medical Board (DSMB) Faisalabad & Executive Council of eMed were welcomed at the event.

In the Scientific Session of the seminar, Head of Community Medicine University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad, Prof Zahid Masood Khan presented on “Accidental Poisoning in Pakistani Children – An Overview” & Incharge Pediatrics Ward DHQ Hospital, Prof Hina Ayesha presented on “Immediate Management & Prevention in Poisoning in Children”.

The jury of the judges comprising of the outstation experts visited the stalls by the students of 3rd year & announced the results:

·        1st prize: University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad.

·        2nd prize: Punjab Medical College & Aziz Fatima Medical College Faisalabad.

·        3rd prize: Independent Medical College Faisalabad.

In their comments, the guests & the participants declared the event as a wonderful initiative to create awareness in youth & children, to gather the experts on the subject & for the projection of the subjects of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology.

Dr Khurram Sohail Raja, Head of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology Department Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, on behalf of his doctors & members of the organizing committee, including, Dr Altaf Pervez Qasim, Dr Mohammad Naeem, Dr Javed Iqbal, Dr Iqbal Ashraf, Dr Nasir Ali, Dr Tanveer Zafar, Dr Mubin Inam Pal & Dr Kishwar Naheed thanked his collaborators, guests & participants for their presence, help, co-operation & efforts.

 

 



Posted on Feb 20, 2014
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