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- Friday, November 18, 2011 - From Print Edition


The country’s first public sector sleep laboratory was inaugurated on the Ojha Campus of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Thursday.


Experienced sleep professionals will provide care and treatment to people with sleep disorders.


Vice Chancellor (VC) DUHS Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan along with senior faculty members, including Dr Iftikhar Ahmed, Director OICD inaugurated the new Sleep Laboratory. The inauguration was followed by a seminar on Sleep Apnoea Syndrome.


The new laboratory is located at the OPD block of the Dow University Hospital and has started providing treatment of the new patients.


This is the first state-of-the-art well-equipped sleep laboratory, which will perform sleep studies for the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders through collaboration between the neurologists, pulmonologists, ENT specialists, dental surgeons and psychiatrists.


Appropriate equipment (e.g. CPAP machine) is also made available to the patients to help them manage their condition.


The DUHS VC, sharing his view in the seminar, said that the new laboratory will offer variety of solutions to treat sleep disorders.


The facility is aimed at providing reliable, high quality diagnosis and management of sleep disorders of international standard to the people at extremely economical rates as compare to the private sector.


All patients with sleep disorders would undergo evaluation that includes a detailed medical and sleep history, physical examination and necessary investigations.


Dr Kaleem Ahmed, speaking on Sleep Apnoea, said that it is a syndrome generally characterised by sleep disturbances such as snoring, obstructed breathing during sleep, excessive day-time tiredness and fatigue.


It is potentially a life threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood. It is associated with a number of diseases, including hypertension, cerebrovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome.


The disease is also believed to be associated with high prevalence of psychiatric co-morbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, and bipolar disorders.


It correlates with day time sleepiness and car crashes (road traffic accidents) involving drivers who fell asleep while driving.


A study published in 2003 reported that many physicians in Pakistan were unaware of clinical features and as many as eighteen percent physicians were treating sleep disturbances with sedatives.


Sleep disorder experts said that research in this relatively unexplored area will help comprehend local relevance.