Symposium on Gynaecology & Fetomaternal Medicine

Karachi: In order to spread awareness about gynaecology and fetomaternal medicine, Ziauddin University organised a full day symposium Advances Gynaecology & Fetomaternal Medicine in collaboration with Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG). The objective of the symposium was to enlighten local health providers and broaden their horizon on the rapidly changing advances in modern medicine.

With the risk of third and fourth degree perineal tears common in child labour, it is necessary to have the knowledge and skills regarding its management and treatment. Hence in this seminar one can gain priceless knowledge regarding these techniques. The guest speaker Professor Khaled Ismail represented RCOG spoke on Childbirth and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Professor Rubina Hussain, member of the International Menopause Society, Chairperson of Royal college of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists and beamed on Menopause-Whats new? which is one of the commonest issues faced by women all over the world and requires the appropriate amount of attention. Menopause brings with it a number of changes in a woman’s life and with it a number of problems as well.

Menopause should be perceived in positive way. It frees many women from cycle related problems. Women are empowered to make fully informed choices about hormone replacement therapy and alternatives. The effects of menopause are often misunderstood and underestimated. It can result in problems ranging from hot flushes to brittle bones, joint stiffness and cardiovascular disease She added.

Professor Tariq Siddiqui, consultant oncologist/haematologist and Director Ziauddin Cancer Hospital discussed about pregnant women with Thrombocytopenia. It is a condition which is encountered fairly frequently in approximately 6-10 percent of all pregnancies. Its awareness will facilitate one to understand its proper diagnosis and management.

Dr Haris Rasheed a member of the minimal (laparoscopic) society VSA-European association of endoscopic surgeons, a consultant laparoscopic and general surgeon and the vice president of the society of surgery spoke about The role of laparoscopic surgery in gynaecological diseases. Laparoscopy has become one of the most common surgical procedures performed by gynaecologists all over the world. It not only helps in diagnosis but is used to treat a multitude of different gynaecological diseases and conditions which are commonly encountered in our society.

Dr Lubna Mushtaq Vohra, a specialist in Breast surgery and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland updated on Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer. Pregnancy associated breast cancer is diagnosed during pregnancy or one year post partum. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in pregnancy. This is a problem that affects approximately 1 in 3000 to 1 in 10000 maternities, and is something that is extremely challenging for the clinician and the patient both hence needed to be addressed carefully and promptly.

Dr. Nosheen Fatima, Chairperson Radiation Safety Committee and head of department Nuclear Medicine, Ziauddin University Hospital elaborated the Nuclear medicine in Gynaecology/Obstetrics. She said that Nuclear medicine is still a relatively developing field in Pakistan but one that needs to be looked into thoroughly. This field has been providing diagnostic and therapeutic facilities from all walks of life but due to its underutilization especially in the field of gynaecology.

Addressing the event as Chief Guest Dr. Aijaz Fatima said that our health facilities rely heavily on expertise. You can bring revolution in the field of medical through update information and latest research.

Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor, Ziauddin University, praised the speakers for their valuable contribution in the field of medicine. You should always share new information with their colleagues to raise awareness and educate people.

There were four workshops that were conducted simultaneously to give hands on experience to all the participants.

The first workshop focused on second and third degree perineal repairs by Professor Khaled Ismail.

The second workshop was aimed at foetal monitoring in labour by Dr Shazia Sultana, Assistant Professor in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Ziauddin University.

The third workshop was conducted by Professor Nikhat Siddiqui who is a PhD in Neurochemistry from University of Surrey, UK and M.Sc in Biochemistry from University of Karachi. She is a meritorious Professor and Dean Researcher at Ziauddin University. The workshop focused on Organizing Research with Endnote.

The last workshop was conducted by Dr Shama Chaudry who is an Assistant Professor at Obs/Gyn at Ziauddin University regarding Office Based Hysteroscopy.