Call to setup paediatric urology units stressed

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Call to setup paediatric urology units stressed

Medical experts from the field of paediatric urology have stressed the need for setting up more dedicated and specialized paediatric urology units in the country  in order to tackle the ever growing issue of  congenital paediatric  urological problems which are confronted in the society. This was a consensus of internationally renowned paediatric urology experts at the third International Paediatric Urology Workshop which began in Karachi on Wednesday.

The four days workshop is organized by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) with an aim to provide surgical and clinical cover to the vast population of children under the age of fifteen who are suffering from variety of renal and urological diseases.

 Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry President College of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) inaugurated the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Adibul Hasan Rizvi Director Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) narrated the history of paediatric urology at SIUT. He said majority of children suffer from urological disease of these 70% suffer from stone diseases. Every year fifteen thousand children are born with congenital anomalies and they remain untreated and they are physically mentally and socially crippled and are burden on society. Now he said we are diagnosing these cases during pregnancy and trying to follow and managed them after birth. He said that in the country adult and paediatric urological patients are treated in the same setup. He regretted that in Pakistan specialized paediatric urological centers for the treatment of these children have not developed. Dr Rizvi pointed out that fourteen years back we started paediatric urology department now we are providing modern treatment modalities for children suffering from urological diseases.

Prof. Philip G Ransley a well known paediatric urologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital (UK). He described the paediatric surgery as an extremely specialized field. He said that with the participation of some internationally renowned urological surgeons in the workshop it would a go long way in addressing the urological disorder issue among the children population.. He pointed out during the four day workshop they are going to discuss some vital issues including the determination of urological disorder of children during the prenatal period. Professor Ransley pointed out that this development will greatly contribute in mitigating the suffering of a vast population.

At the opening of the workshop Prof Ransley introduced the participants included Dr Jeeta Dhillion, Prof Ricardo Gonzalez, Stephanie Warne, Prof Barbara and Dr Padraig Malon. These urologists of international repute are going to be the main speakers at the various sessions of the workshop.

The highlight of the workshop was the real time live surgical procedures shown to the participants from operation theatre. Workshop was attended by delegates from Turkey, Japan Bangladesh and all over Pakistan.