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Inside the Lahore High Court (2)

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By Farkhanda Qaiser

For the first few minutes, we couldn’t understand what was going on in the court room. There was a lot of hustle and bustle, because more doctors kept pouring in.

As there was no more seating space so they stood in front of us. This greatly hampered our view so we decided to get up from our chairs and move ahead. This proved to be a more tedious job than I had expected. After several ‘Excuse mes’ and ‘Sorrys’ I finally reached at a place where I could see the face of the Judge and hear someone speaking. The voice was very sober and confident. It was presenting arguments in favor of the Punjab Government. Therefore I guessed it to be that of Additional Advocate General, Mr. Faisal Zaman. He was pleading the court to close the case as doctors had called off the strike so there was nothing left to argue on.

At that time, another voice intervened saying that there were still four doctors behind bars who had been falsely booked under Section 302 of PPC in connection with the death of a child at a government hospital. I tried to guess this low-pitched and restrained voice. As I had been avidly following talk shows and press conferences regarding doctors’ issue for the last many days, so I was well acquainted with the faces of prominent members of YDA (Young Doctors’ Association) Punjab. However in this packed crowd, I stood no chance of seeing the faces of the people who were talking, especially because some 6-feet tall doctors wearing black armbands were standing right in front of me. One of them even held an ‘Ophthalmology’ book. This sight assured me that doctors and books are kind of inseparable even when these doctors are striking and attending a hearing in a courtroom. Wow this is called dedication. *salutes*

Coming back to the unknown voice which was pleading the doctors’ case. After listening to it for a couple of more minutes, I concluded that this voice seemed to resemble that of Dr. Nasir Abbas – the General Secretary of YDA Punjab.

Here someone intruded declaring that no application had been submitted regarding the bail petition of the doctors in lock-up; so this matter could not be discussed in court. Therefore, the revered Judge ordered Raja Zulqarnain – the lawyer of doctors– to submit the relevant documents immediately.

Then the Dr-Nasir-Abbas-voice implored the court to provide justice to his fellow doctors without any undue delay. To this, the Honorable Judge replied that the court would make sure that no one’s liberty is impinged illegally. He repeatedly assured the doctors that no injustice would be done to them. Further he said that the bail petition would be heard later in the day after the required documents had been completed.

With this, the short hearing came to an end and also the guess-the-voice game I had been playing all throughout.

As the people slowly started to move out of the congested space, I caught a glimpse of the President YDA – Dr Hamid Butt, who was in deep conversation with some other doctors.

I also saw Dr. Izhar Chaudhry, who represents Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and is an Anatomy demonstrator at King Edward Medical University. He taught us the Upper Limb region in first year and was an excellent teacher. I wanted to meet up with him but lost him in the crowd and did not catch sight of him again.

As I was moving out, I spotted a young female lawyer dressed in white shalwar kameez and a black coat (yes, she was wearing a coat even in this severe heat). She had warm eyes and looked much harried for some reason. I don’t know why but I asked her a very simple question.

“What will happen now?” I asked – referring obviously to the YDA case.

She looked up from the pile of papers in her hands. At first agitated at being disturbed; but then perhaps she noticed my anxious expression and her voice softened,

“Don’t worry. All will be fine. Your case will be heard in the afternoon.” She comforted me.

And weird as it may sound, this stranger had managed to comfort me.

At that moment, it struck me that after all doctors and lawyers were not much different. If the job of one was to treat the physical wounds of their patients then the other solved the material problems of their clients. Both cajoled and soothed their subjects. Their methods may be dissimilar but their intent was the same – to cause well-being of people.

With this thought, I exited the courtroom of Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan. Outside, the narrow corridor was filled with groups of doctors chatting away and discussing their next strategy. Most of them were of the view that they would stay back till the next hearing. Some female House Officers had decided to visit the canteen to pass their time. Others were still discussing the case. They sounded very hopeful and trusted the superior judiciary to give a fair verdict.

As I moved out to the vast ground, I noticed two familiar faces so I went to greet them. They were PGs (post graduates) from the South Medicine Ward of Mayo Hospital. Having just arrived, they were clueless about the proceedings of the case so they asked me for details which I duly provided them.

After that I saw a huge group of doctors clad in their overalls standing in the middle of the ground. Some of the leader-doctors were addressing them. One of them was Dr. Amir Bandesha – President YDA PIC (Punjab Institute of Cardiology). After he had finished talking, I stepped forward. At that time, he caught sight of me and guessed that I wanted to say something. So he alighted from the stairs and came to stand in front of me. This simple gesture really moved me. It showed that the YDA leaders were very concerned about the opinions of their fellow doctors.

I asked him about the future strategy of YDA. Replying to which he said, at present they were primarily concerned about the release of their innocent colleagues. Following which they would resume their struggle for the demand of a proper service structure for doctors. Then it was time for me to leave so I thanked Dr. Bandesha for hearing me out and headed towards the gate of Lahore High Court.

Overall, this had been a great experience with a positive outcome which was announced later in the day. Yes the four doctors were released on bail and were given a very warm welcome by their colleagues.

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Motivational session – Project Report

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By Farkhanda Qaiser

Background:

Society of Academic and Research Development (SARD) took an initiative to educate the young kemcolians about the importance of social responsibility by organizing an interactive motivational session, ‘Magic with Medicine.’ This event was held in collaboration with the School of Leadership (SoL) – established on July 1st, 2002 in Karachi but with an outreach all over Pakistan. SoL aims to stimulate conscious endeavor for people to discover and utilize their unquestionable ability to elevate their lives.

Objectives:

The purpose was to motivate the youth to become responsible citizens. If every individual starts doing his own duty then a conscientious society is formed where the rights of all are protected. The name ‘magic with medicine’ was chosen because the case study was taken as medical profession. The young doctors would be encouraged to spread the magic of love and humanity through their medical practice. Moreover, they would be taught the tools to become responsible, skilful and better doctors.

Speaker:

The Senior Associate of School of Leadership, Mr. Umair Jaliawala was especially flown in from Karachi for this motivational session. Mr. Jaliawala has trained over 30, 000 individuals from corporate, education, and development and public sectors. He immediately relaxes his audience, guards down, receptive to learning, before he shakes their paradigms again. His sessions are a roller-coaster journey of change, exercises/games, questions, quotes, challenges and realizations.

Staff president:

The Staff president of SARD, Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmad Warraich provided his moral support in organizing this mega event.

President SARD:

Ahsan Jahangir (4th Year)

Project director:

Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year)

Project team:

The project managers, Rabia Zia, Shafaq Tabassum, Iqra Ahmad, Haris bin Akhter and M. Ijaz worked very hard in holding this event.

The project assistants, Hajira Iftikhar, Rameez Irshad, Isna Batool, Humaira Sarfraz, Mohammad Bilal, Namra Tauqir, Nimrah Siddique and Anum Asad helped in announcements and promotion.

The project organizers, Shahbano, Laiba Khalid, Iqra Saeed, Seemab Touqir, Saman Goraya, Mahym Mansoor, Saira Afzal, Aushna Rasool, Mirrah Mushtaq, Maimoona Mohsin, Reema Anjum, Noor Tariq and Zara Naveed carried out hall management.

Sponsors:

This event was sponsored by Qavi Engineers and Dynamic Packaging. The major expenses were the air ticket of the speaker, banners, refreshments and certificates.

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This event was a huge success largely due to the immense publicity that had been carried out by the entire project team. Word was spread through sms, social media (facebook, twitter, linked in, google plus, danka.pk – Pakistan’s events guide), chart papers, flyers all over university and hospital and last but not the least announcements in all classes.Notices were pasted in all wards of Mayo Hospital to publicize this session:

 4 surgical units

 4 medical units

 Urology

 Dermatology

 Psychiatry

 Orthopedics

 OPD

Date: Monday, 1st August 2011

Venue: KEMU auditorium

Chief guests:

Staff President, Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed Warraich and Event Sponsor, Dynamic Packaging represented by Mr. Waqas Ashraf.

Event proceedings:

The event started at 10:30 AM. The auditorium was overflowing with students, majority of whom were kemcolians however around 40 students from other schools, colleges and universities were also present. (Superior College, Beaconhouse School, University of Central Punjab, Lahore School of Economics, Kinnaird College and many others) The programme was inaugurated by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Muhammad Fahad (2nd year). Then the event host, Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) shed some light on the past achievements of SARD and also the objectives of this session. After that, the speaker, Mr. Umair Jaliawala was called on stage to begin his talk. He used audio-visual content, discussion and exercises to grab the attention of the over 350 audience jam packed in the small auditorium of KE. There were 3 stages of this session.

Stage 1: Getting Involved:

In this, Mr. Jaliawala captured the attention of everyone through exercises and examples. He explained the strength of determination and will in achieving one’s goals by citing the examples of Abdus Sattar Edhi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Jahangir Khan. These legends started small but their thinking was not small. Their goals were huge and so was their dedication. However there is no gain without pain. This concept was elaborated by comparing with the long duration of time and pain that body builders undergo to make strong, muscular bodies. Then an activity was carried out that surprised and puzzled everyone. The speaker told all the participants to get up from their chairs and TRY to pick them up. All of them picked up the chairs. However, Mr. Jaliawala kept on insisting that do not actually pick up the chairs, rather try to pick up the chairs. And so some of the people started to pretend as if the chairs were really heavy and they were trying to pick them up. But still they were unable to please Mr. Jaliawala who finally explained that there is no such thing as trying. Either you do something or you don’t. And you can’t blame anyone else for how your life is because you yourself are capable of making all the decisions.

Stage 2: Benchmarks

After the audience had become involved and were now actually hanging on to every word, then Mr. Jaliawala moved onto the case study of Japan. In March 2011, there was a Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami which wrecked havoc in the entire country. However, the exceptional calm and dignity that the Japanese displayed in this time of crisis was remarkable. The characteristics that make nations successful were then elaborated upon in detail. Some of them were ability, grace, order, sacrifice, tenderness, training, responsible media and conscience.

Stage 3: Be responsible

Once the basic requirements had sunk in then the point was driven home by motivational videos from Dr. Patch Adams and Tedtalks. Throughout the session, there was a lot of interaction with the students which maintained their interest and piqued their curiosity. Never once did anyone leave the auditorium rather more people kept pouring in despite the fact that no more chairs were unoccupied. They were content to even sit on the floor to listen to this great motivational session and get motivated. Their enthusiasm was evident from the oft-repeated applause that punctuated the talk of Mr. Jaliawala.

At the end of this session, a shield-presenting ceremony was held. The Staff President presented a shield of appreciation to the speaker, Mr. Umair Jaliawala and the representative of the Event Sponsor – Dynamic Packaging – Mr. Waqas Ashraf. Then the SARD president gave the shield to Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed Warraich who’d been the chief guest and had attended the entire session.

After this ceremony, all the participants were given refreshments. The certificates were given one week later. This event was also given media coverage by waqt news, shama tv and ARY news.

Story of a Successful Campaign

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This article was published in KEMunited on 14/5/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) and Shafaq Tabassum (3rd Year)

From 3rd to 7th May 2011, SPWS with the collaboration of APPNA took the initiative to launch a unique yet interactive week long campaign to educate the general public especially patients and barbers about Hepatitis C. At the onset, it seemed like it would just be another seminar held by just another society: same old lectures listened by none, a good 3 hours spent sleeping in the air conditioned auditorium, followed by the long-awaited refreshments (this applies especially to the kemcolian guys =p ). However the actual story was quite the opposite.

Infact the project advisor, Ahmad Naseer and project director, Shafaq Tabassum ensured that it was so by organizing the following events for the campaign:

1) Interclass Poster competition

2) Interactive Seminar

3) Awareness Campaign in various wards of Mayo Hospital

4) Visit to the barbers and beauticians

They were helped in this task by 5 Project Managers and 20 Project Organizers who coordinated and meticulously organized all these activities.

Name of the Campaign:

After a lot of deliberation with the entire team of the project, it was decided to be:‘Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C Campaign’

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Colorful and eye catching charts, detailed notices and banners were pasted in all parts of the campus of KE.In addition, announcements were made in all classes to ensure that the message reached to the maximum number of people.

Poster Competition:

This was an exclusive attempt to spread awareness about Hepatitis C in a way that would appeal the general public. It was open to all students of KE. And Boy…did they show enthusiasm! All those innovative and artistic posters that kept pouring in the SPWS office in OPD 19 proved that kemcolians can surely paint as well as they do surgery or dissection (as applies to 1st and 2nd Year students).

The Judges for this competition were Madam Tauseef, the college artist, KE; Madam Sara from PIPO and Dr. Inamulhaq from Mayo Hospital, Lahore.

The judges’ criteria for this poster competition were:

Only hand made posters were allowed.

Caption was compulsory.

Poster should depict some aspect of hepatitis C (precautions, causes, outcome etc)

Poster should be understandable by general community.

All the participants definitely followed these rules and so their posters were displayed in the KE auditorium on the day of the seminar. The fact that people were seen taking pictures of these posters was proof enough that they were really liked by all.

The winners were:

Farah Huma (2nd Year)

Amber Batool (4th Year)

Rukhsaar Naseer (3rd Year)

 

2011 is definitely the year for 2nd year…! Getting first position in sports day skit then kaps video competition and then the 2 interclass photography competitions…! Wow..! 2nd Year truly rocks….!

Seminar:

The highlights of the seminar were an interactive lecture, quiz competition, multimedia educational videos and a superbly acted skit. The Chief Guest was the honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Asad Aslam Khan. Among other distinguished guests were Prof Dr. Fareed (Registrar KEMU) and Prof Mahmood shaukat (prof of paed. surgery). All other professors were also invited to witness this great effort by the students.

After recitation from the Holy Quran, the hosts, Farkhanda Qaiser and Humaira Sarfraz officially inaugurated the seminar by showing an introductory video about SPWS and its achievements. Then there was a very informative lecture on the causes, symptoms and treatment of Hepatitis C by Dr Asif Mahmood, senior registrar, South Medical Ward. This lecture was followed by an interactive question & answer session with the audience. It was evidence enough that all the viewers had been attentively listening to their Professor’s lecture especially because it was aided by an interesting multimedia show.

However the best test of audience response was the subsequent quiz competition. Questions were shown on multimedia and audience given a chance to answer those questions. The main attraction was the gift hampers that were given to the winners and that encouraged a lot of students to actively participate in this competition.

This hyped up event was then proceeded by a video presentation about hepatitis C.

Then came the last and the best part of the seminar which was a very amusing skit acted and directed by students of MBBS 2nd Year. It highlighted the typical attitude of illiterate people towards social health workers whose task is to spread awareness of such infectious diseases as hepatitis C. After a series of events that included a reused blade at the local barber’s shop, the protagonist of the play contacted hepatitis C. He was then informed that this disease is very much curable and should have been prevented in the first place if all the precautions had been followed. Due to witty one liners and amazing acting, this play was a huge success among the audience.

And so this seminar ended after addresses by VC, Staff president and Staff Advisor. All of whom applauded the students on holding such a wonderful event.

Lastly refreshments were given to all.

Awareness Campaign:

Permission was granted by VC and M.S. to the team of Hepatitis C campaign to visit different wards of Mayo Hospital to spread awareness. 15 teams were formulated and 3 teams were sent to the wards daily. The following wards were covered,

4 surgical units

4 medical units

Urology (units 1 &2)

Dermatology (units 1 &2)

Psychiatry (Drug Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre + clinical psychology and child psychiatry floors)

Orthopedics (units 1 &2)

OPD (All rooms and laboratories)

Pathology labs.

Each team was led by one of the members of the organizing team. The total number of volunteers was about 150. They were first given instructions by their team leaders about the transmission, signs and symptoms, precautions, diet plan for hepatitis C patient, treatment and duties of medical and paramedical staff. Then these volunteers educated the patients, their relatives, nurses, ward boys and paramedical staff.

As most of these volunteers were 1st and 2nd year students so it was a totally new experience for them. Thus they were enthusiastic about interacting with patients and guiding them through their limited knowledge.Even the patients were eager to listen to these friendly young doctors and tell them all their past history of illnesses.

Moreover Posters about Hepatitis C were also displayed in all wards and brochures were distributed among all patients. All the organizers captured a lot of photographs of these memorable moments.

Total patients dealt with were 300. Out of them, 25 were HCV positive.

Thus another chapter of the Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C campaign came to an end.

Visit to Barbers and Beauticians:

A team of 6 Volunteers visited about 13 barbers (1 of them was HCV +) and 6 beauticians in the adjoining areas of Neela Gumbad and educated them about hepatitis C. Informative posters were also pasted in Anarkali.

An information desk has been established in SPWS office in opd 19, mayo for continous awareness of general public where APPNA hep c brouchers shall be available for patient education.

Thus a very extensive and well thought out awareness campaign was concluded at last. It is hoped that this event will have far reaching affects and will be a means of saving lives. Kudos to SPWS and APPNA!