KARACHI: Pakistan Orthopaedic Association(POA) announced on Tuesday that POA will start first ever free orthopaedic clinic to provide free consultation to poor and needy patients with respect and dignity.
This was announced by President POA Prof Dr Muhammad Parwez Anjum while addressing a press conference at Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House. General Secretary Dr Masood Umer and Dr NaeemUl Haq were present on this occasion
Prof Anjum said POA free Orthopaedic Clinic would be established in Wazir Trauma Centre located near Numaish in front of Quaid mausoleum, where assistant professors and senior orthopaedic surgeons including females will be available daily from 1 to 4pm except Fridays and Sundays. This would help patients suffering from orthopaedic diseases to get senior consultation at early stages saving their money, time and complications of diseases. This clinic would formerly start functioning from 18th November 2014.
He said two female surgeons would also be available in clinic to provide consultation to women patients. He informed checkup would be made only by appointment and patients can contact office of POA located in PMA House or get appointment by phone on 021-32294825, 0311-1297150 between office hours.
He said consultation would be provided for all orthopaedic problems including but not limited to fractures, arthritis, backache, joints pain, osteoporosis etc. He said patients would need not to make a queue to get free consultation but they would be treated with dignity. We have capacity to take 40 to 50 patients daily, he told.
He said aim of establishing this clinic to work for the welfare of poor patients and pay back to community as POA was only serving interests of orthopaedic surgeons in the country. “We first time started free camps and launched awareness campaign to make people aware about orthopaedic disease, prevention and early diagnosis and treatment,” he mentioned.
Prof Parwez said majority of patients do not have huge fees to consult a senior surgeon whereas they could hardly get chance to see senior surgeon in public sector hospitals due to burden of patients. “In any cases, delayed senior care cause late actual diagnosis of disease resulting in complications which can lead to morbidity and mortality,” he added.
Assistant Prof Dr Nusrat Rasheed said generally bone diseases appear in women in age 40 to 45 years. She said unbalanced diet and calcium deficiency are the major reason behind reporting such cases in women.
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