Friday, September 28, 2007

Human Organ Transplantation Ordinance

Those involved in unethical practices have strong political backing
Public sector health care facilities to emerge as leaders in organ transplantation claims
Federal Health Minister

NIH at Islamabad to have central registry where details of all transplants done in Pakistan will be recorded
Human Organ Transplantation Ordinance has offered a lot but there is still room for improvement- Prof. Adeebul Hassan Rizvi

KARACHI: After the promulgation of the Human Organ Transplantation Ordinance 2007, sale and purchase of human organs the kidneys in particular will come to an end and public healthcare facilities will emerge as leaders in transplantation. This was stated by Federal Health Minister Mr. Naseer Mohammad Khan while addressing a press conference at NICVD campus on September 6th 2007. Federal Health Secretary was also present on this occasion. He also disclosed that a central registry is being established at National Institute of Health in Islamabad which will record the details of transplants being performed at different centers all over Pakistan. These centers will pass on the relevant information to this central registry within twenty four hours, he added.

The federal government will inspect and accredit all those healthcare facilities where transplantation will be permitted to ensure that they have the requisite trained manpower, surgical expertise and other facilities. From now onward only these designated health centers will be able to perform transplants. Those found involved in Kidney and other organ trade will get severe punishment including fine and imprisonment as mentioned in the said Ordinance, which has become effective with immediate effect. All these details are also being passed on to the Embassies so that those coming from overseas for transplants are fully aware of it. Pakistan had become an Organ Bazar and it was bringing lot of bad name to the country. We want to ensure that only ethical transplantation activities are permitted and transplantation tourism which promotes commercialization in this field is effectively checked. In the past the vested interested and agents have been depriving poor people of their kidneys and later on these donors were left at their own. Some members of the medical profession and hospitals were also involved in this unethical practice. Under the Ordinance the government will provide facilities for the welfare of the donors, provide them medical care and other facilities. Evaluation committee at each transplant center will select the donors carefully to make sure that there is no commercial transaction between the donor and recipients. Blood relations and those from the family will be preferred as donors. Donor banks are planned to be established.

Different committees including the monitoring and evaluation committee will be constituted at the federal and provincial level besides constitution of evaluation committees at the transplant centers which will have their own Ethics Committees. Hopefully all this will be accomplished in the next couple of weeks, he added. Under the new circumstances, kidney transplants in the private sector are likely to reduce significantly while it may pick up later when more and more centers fulfill the provisions laid down in the Ordinance. Efforts will be made to have more transplant centers in the public sector.

The Federal Health Minister’s attention was also drawn towards the fact that no action was being taken against the members of the medical profession involved in unethical medical practice and pharmaceutical companies involved in unethical marketing practices. At this he responded by saying that unfortunately all these doctors who indulge in unethical practices have very powerful political backing and at times it becomes very difficult to take any action against them. Same is true as regards the pharmaceutical companies but promised that the Federal Health Ministry was monitoring the situation and suitable measures will be taken. The Minister was reminded that whether it is the sale and purchase of kidneys related to Human Organ Transplantation, functioning of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, Recognition of private medical and dental colleges or supply of substandard drugs to PIMS at Islamabad, all these issues were first taken up by the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan who issued directives on which the Federal Health Ministry had to act. Why the FHM does not take up these issues on its own? The Human Organ Transplantation Ordinance has been lying with the Senate for almost over ten years and even the present assembly is completing its term of five years but it never took up this issue. The government acted only when the chief justice gave the government a month’s notice which was to expire on September 3rd that the President issued the Ordinance on the last day. The Federal Health Minister could not come up with a satisfactory answer but hastened to add that the Senate has discussed it, later the Select Committee on Health in the National Assembly also approved it, it was passed by the cabinet and all this did take some time. When asked what will happen after four months when the Ordinance will relapse or will the National Assembly where this Ordinance has already been tabled, approve it in its next sitting, he did not give any assurance but added that efforts will be made to include this in the next session of the National Assembly agenda.

Prof. Adeebul Hasan Rizvi Director SIUT also joined in at the last minute. Replying to the various questions regarding Human Organ Transplantation Ordinance 2007, he remarked that the Ordinance has given us a lot and we must welcome it. However, he hastened to add that there is still lot of room for improvement. He hoped that continuous pressure by public, civil society in general and media in particular augers well for its implementation. I am very hopeful that the government will ensure implementation of the relevant provisions of the Ordinance in its letter and spirit. At the SIUT which only perform kidney transplants with live related donor kidneys, hundreds of people also get dialysis facilities absolutely free daily. That is why only a few people go to private hospitals for dialysis. If facilities in the public sector are improved and expanded keeping in view the disease burden, not many will go to the private hospitals, Prof.Adeeb Rizvi remarked. It is only when the public sector health care facilities are not enough, patients are forced to avail the facilities at the private hospitals, he added.

Preventive measures to reduce the disease burden of kidney diseases like use of healthy diet, reduction in weight, taking care of obesity, controlling diseases like diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure etc., which give rise to acute renal failure and end stage renal failure were also highlighted. Media was asked to play its role in educating the masses regarding preventive measures.

It may be mentioned here that the original draft of the Human Organ and Tissues Transplantation Ordinance 2007 had many lacunas and it was felt that this will in fact legalize the sale and purchase of human organs instead of checking this. Later the draft was amended to remove the objections raised by the transplant surgeons, members of the National Bioethics Committee and other members of the Civil Society.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Think Again when you drink Cold water ?

Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down
the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is
best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send the link to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Learn to Treat Yourself without Medicine

What is SU JOK?

Su = hand and Jok = foot. Korean words relating to a Therapy that employs hands and feet as treatment areas for the whole body.

Professor Park, Jae Woo is a Korean scientist and philosopher. He is the originator of Su Jok Therapy. Through his scientific works he has developed a number of simple and effective systems of treatment, which have gained wide acceptance all over the world among practitioners and lay people alike, He has great perception and is able to explain oriental wisdom in terms of modern science and Is a visionary par excellence.

On our hands and feet we host correspondence systems. The systems are highly active points connected to every area of the body through correspondence positioned below the surface of the skin. When these globules are stimulated energy waves are passed to the corresponding organ and to the brain, do not be misled, this therapy does not parallel reflexology apart from using the hands and feet as maps of the body. Correspondence areas and treatment is carried out in a very different manner, utilizing a variety of effective correction techniques.

If you look at the hand, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the structure of the body. Take first the thumb, it has two phalanges and resembles the head and neck. If the thumb had been placed at the centre of the wrist, it would be blatantly obvious that the hand is unmistakably an exact replica of the body. However, Prof. Park, Jae Woo’s intuition showed him, without doubt, that even with the thumb positioned off centre it is head, palm is trunk and fingers are appendages - arms and legs.

The top part of the thumb, palm side (yin), is face and positioned below the nail plate on the yang side is the brain. Under the first joint is the neck; on the yin surface is the location of the throat and on the yang surface the cervical vertebrae.

Now flex your thumb and notice the shape beneath, which resembles the thorax. This area is the correspondence area for the lungs, with the heart positioned between the lungs, slightly off centre to the left, with the apex sifting on the life-line crease; this crease indicates the line of the upper diaphragm.

And so we are able to continue through the body, with exact mirror images of all organs, body systems and appendages mapped onto the hands and feet.
To carry out effective treatment, the therapist first carries out a consultation with the client to ascertain the nature of the problems presenting which will enable the therapist to make a treatment plan.

Accurate Identification of the point to be treated is only halfway to successful treatment. For treatment to be effective, one must stimulate the point correctly. This is achieved in different ways.
Level - 1 Basic teaches:

  1. The History and Development of the Correspondence Systems Concept
  2. Homo - Hetero Law and Homo-System of the Human Body — Introduction to Triorigin
  3. Similarity of Hands to the Body
  4. Similarity of Feet to the Body
  5. Correspondence to the Yin and Yang Surfaces of the Body
  6. Standard system of correspondence
  7. Insect system of correspondence
  8. Mini system of correspondence
  9. Contra-indications and Contra-actions to treatment
  10. How to Identify Acute or Chronic Conditions
  11. The basic methods of treatment
  12. Intro, to Equipment and Methods of stimulation

Level - 2 Intermediate teaches:
Energy flow treatment

  1. Introduction to Metaphysical Theory
  2. Byol Meridian Therapy
  3. Five Elements Theory
  4. Subjugation and Anti-subjugation cycles
  5. Colours - Emotions / Reasons
  6. Tri-origin
  7. Six Xi Theory
  8. Manifestations of Six Energies
  9. Application of Six Energies to Treatment
  10. Byol Chakra System

Scientifically proven therapy using hands and feet as maps of the body — does not parallel reflexology. Correspondence areas and treatment is carried out in a very different manner, see back of leaflet.

  • Acupressure
  • Moxa
  • Needling
  • Seeds (external application)
  • Colours
  • Light
  • Magnets
  • 5 Elements
  • 6 Ki etc. etc.

Easy to learn, highly effective, totally safe, No drugs or side effects, simplistic system taught
Basic / Intermediate / Smile Meditation
New to Pakistan - SU JOK COURSES
Presented By: Mansur Kothia & Mohammad Zikar
In association with International Su Jok Therapy Association (Moscow, Russia.)
To book your place on Su Jok Therapy, Twist Therapy or Smite Meditation courses, call
Smile Health Sciences Academy, Pakistan
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