First-ever surgical skills lab set up in Pims – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The first ever Surgical Skills Laboratory (SSL) will be set up at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

Along with donations from health practitioners around the world, the Edhi Foundation pledged to donate Rs 30 million for this worthy cause and the lab would be called the Abdul Sattar Edhi Higher Surgical Skills Lab.

The announcement was made during the fifth Rhinocon conference held in Islamabad. The two-day conference, which ended on Sunday, brought together more than 800 delegates who benefited from lectures, presentations and panel discussions leading to consensus building and the symposium.

Panel discussions were conducted by renowned ENT surgeons from Pakistan, Malaysia and the UK.

The Edhi Foundation donates Rs30m for the cause

During the conference, a training course was also held for which the Edhi Foundation provided 10 bodies, which were brought from Karachi and sent back after the course ended.

The conference was opened by the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed. Highlights of the conference included the announcement of the establishment of the Abdul Sattar Edhi Surgical Skills Laboratory in Pims in collaboration with Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation. The addition of international and national adjunct faculty to Pims’ ENT and Head and Neck Surgery department was also announced.

Prof Dr Altaf Hussain presented the details of the new laboratory. The inaugural session concluded with remarks from Dr. Jawwad Ahmad, Secretary General of the Organizing Committee.

The inaugural session brought together some of the biggest names in national academia including Prof. Mohammad Mujeeb, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Prof. Tanvir Khaliq, Director of Pims Dr. Khalid Masood, Dean of Pims Dr. Rizwan Taj, Secretary of the Ministry of Health Services Mirza Nasiruddin Mashood and senior ENT surgeons in the country.

Dr. Khalid Masood, in conversation with Dawn, said Faisal Edhi also attended the event and pledged his full support for the cause. He said 110 doctors participated in the two-day training course, adding that the skills lab will be used by all departments in the hospital.

He said that although this time the Edhi Foundation provided bodies for training, but in the future the hospital would arrange the bodies on its own. Asked about the time needed for the completion of the lab, Dr. Masood said that the project will be built on the hospital morgue and the project will be completed in less than two years.

“Dr Altaf Hussain took the course from Malaysia and Rs 1.5 million was spent there. Now we are going to establish the very first lab in Pakistan through which it will become possible to train doctors for surgeries in Pakistan,” he said, adding that in addition to the wet lab, a dry lab will also be established in the hospital.

When asked the difference between dry and wet labs, he said that the lab in which real corpses were used was called wet lab and the labs in which dummy bodies were used to train doctors and students cannula and other procedures were called dry labs. .

Posted in Dawn, October 17, 2022