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January 13, 2018



Literature can help promote positive thinking, harmony: minister

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani on Friday said literature was the best way to promote positive thinking and harmony in a society.

"Our religion, civilisation and culture preach peace and tolerance," the minister said this while addressing the annual Mushaira 2018 at Government College for Boys, Gulberg, Lahore. Noted poets, teachers and the college students were also present.The provincial minister said, "Our children, students and youngsters are our future and we must focus on their education and training."

He appealed that the teachers must try to guide students how to think and behave in a balanced and moderate way. Talking about the recent incident in Kasur, he said, "We have to get united to overcome such serious issues.

Syed Raza Ali Gilani said that the government would make every possible effort to bring the criminals to book. The participants in the Mushaira expressed their commitment that everyone would play their part in promotion of peace and tolerance in society through promoting knowledge, positive thinking and awareness.

The poets also reflected the sorrow of Zainab’s parents in their words. They emphasised that along with the increase in the capacity of the law enforcement agencies, everyone in society should keep vigilant against the criminals around them.

FJMU: A delegation of plastic surgeons from UK Friday visited Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on the invitation of Vice-Chancellor FJMU Prof Khalid Masood Gondal.

According to a press release, the delegation was comprised of St. Andrew’s Centre for Burn and Plastic Surgery Director Prof Peter Dziewulski, Consultant Anaesthetist and Burn Intensivist Dr Bruce Emerson and Consultant Plastic and Burn Surgeon South Mead Hospital S.K Sen. The purpose of this visit was consultation and collaboration for establishing a new sub specialty in plastic surgery at FJMU.

Prof Khalid briefed the delegation about establishing the new sub specialties in plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, endocrinology and rheumatology at FJMU. The delegation and Jinnah Burn Unit Executive Director Prof Muazzam Nazir Tarrar assured collaboration for the establishment of plastic surgery unit.

Medical Education Director Prof Kamran Khalid Khawaja informed the delegation that Ganga Ram Hospital was one of the main breast cancer surgery hospitals. With the plastic surgery unit the patients of burn incidents would get quality treatment.

Ganga Ram Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Fayyaz Butt said the establishment of this unit was a revolutionary step for the patients. Prof Zahid Kamal, Dr Khizar Hayat Gondal, Dr Adnan Aslam, and Dr Andleeb were present.

minor readmitted: The Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital Lahore Dean Prof Masood Sadiq Friday said six-year-old Kainat Batool was readmitted yesterday with an upper respiratory tract. She was first admitted in November last year in a very critical condition.

According to a hand out, Kainat was on ventilators support for five days and then in ICU for almost a month. She was discharged on Jan. 2. Prof Masood said after her evaluation by a medical team at Children Hospital, no evidence of abuse was found. She had suffered anoxic brain damage confirmed on MRI.

Kainat has made a partial recovery since but was still on naso-gastric feeding. The hospital is providing her free treatment on the personal advice of the Chief Minister Punjab. He said Kainat needed rehabilitation therapy with physio therapy, speech therapy, and nursing care. A team of specialists is looking after her, he said.