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Chairman BoG, Mr. Awais Raoof addresses regional think tanks at Bishkek Conference

ULTH presents progress on clinical response to COVID-19 in the Medical Session

 Staff Writer

On December 10-11, 2020, The Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR), an independent, non-profit, organization dedicated to the cause of peace, regionally as well as globally, hosted a two-day Roundtable, Business Forum, and Medical Conference themed on “Re-Imagining the Silk Road- Pakistan Kyrgyzstan Relations in the Age of Connectivity” at the Sheraton Hotel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The platform attracted delegates from the academia, business, political sphere, medical profession, civil society organizations, and diplomatic missions of both Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Mr. Awais Raoof (Chairman BoG, UOL) along with Dr. Zahid Pervaiz (Medical Superintendent, ULTH), Prof.  Dr. Syed Amir Gilani (Dean, FAHS), Dr.  Khuram Saleem (Professor of Medicine, ULTH), Dr. Rabia Akhtar (Director, Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research) and Mr. Abuzar Ghaffari (Director Operations and Special Projects, UOL) attended this strategic forum.

During the inaugural session of the conference, Mr. Awais acknowledged that both Kyrgyz and Pakistan have historical ties and share many things in common that should be capitalized on to move forward. “This forum is a good starting point for meaningful collaborations especially among universities aimed at bridging the existing gaps and sharing the strength. Student/faculty exchanges and joint researches can immensely contribute to regional growth in all domains of life”, he remarked.

Mr. Awais also had an opportunity to meet several Pakistani students studying in Kyrgyz’s universities who shared details about their campus life.

Prior to the Chairman’s address to the conference, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan, Mr. Erik Beishembiev during his speech said that Pakistan is strategically important for Kyrgyzstan. “Being a landlocked country, Kyrgyzstan seeks to have access to global markets through ports such as Gwadar and Karachi. Projects like Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Road should be completed soon”, he added.

Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani (Co-Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan), Ms. Sana Sitara (Senator), Ms. Sitara Ayaz (Senator), Mr. Kashif Irshad (Advisor to the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mian Imran Masood (Vice Chancellor, University of South Asia & former Punjab Education Minister), Prof. Dr. Javeid Akram (Vice Chancellor, UHS) and Mr. Nazir Hussain (Executive Director, LCPR) also addressed the conference on varied issues including trade, investment and tourism, education, BRI and CPEC opportunities, and regional cooperation.

During the same platform, CSSPR established an alliance (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Regional Institute of Central Asia (RICA) that was signed by Mr. Awais, Dr. Rabia and Dr. Bedelbai Mamadeiv (Director, RICA).

ULTH presents on clinical response to COVID-19

During the medical session that was co-chaired by Dr. Gilani, Dr. Pervaiz (MS, ULTH) gave an overview about the University of Lahore, the University College of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Lahore Teaching Hospital (ULTH). About the Hospital, he highlighted its admission capacity of 460 beds, 23 clinical departments, 563 clinical staff who include consultants, medical officers, house officers, nursing team leaders, interns, registered nurses and paramedics.

Dr. Pervaiz extensively explained the successes registered so far at the COVID-19 Centre for Diagnosis and Treatment since its establishment in April 2020. “We established an 84 bedded comprehensive unit on three floors with assessment and isolation wards, single and double rooms, ICU, dedicated lift connecting the three floors, operating theatre, constant oxygen supply and uninterrupted power source. The Centre is equipped with the latest equipment and manned by senior medical workers deployed 24/7”, he told the audience.

“Staff safety has been well catered for and our patients receive services such as counseling, meals, medicines and consumables and recreation”, he added. Dr. Pervaiz told the delegates that ULTH also established a facility operating under national and international protocols to test and extract COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma. He further revealed that the Hospital had conducted 5,681 COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic tests. “The UOL under its Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology has also developed COVID-19 RT- PCR Testing Kits, the first of in the entire Pakistan and they are just awaiting validation and verification by DRAP”, he added.

UOL-Kyrgyz earlier ties

In July 2020, the UOL offered a significant humanitarian relief of COVID-19 related medical supplies to the people of Kyrgyzstan. The donation was in response to the request for COVID-19 medical support by the Kyrgyzstan Ambassador to Pakistan. H.E. Chingiz Aidarbekov (Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister), on behalf of his ministry and the people of Kyrgyzstan, expressed gratitude to the Chairman BoG and the entire University for this humanitarian support.

Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous land locked country, located in central Asia bordered with Kazakhstan on the north and northwest, Uzbekistan in the southwest, Tajikistan in the south, and China in the southeast.

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