Exercise must for averting arthritis, leading a happier life: says Dr. Faheem Memon

IMG_0756JAMSHORO: Consultant Orthopedic & General Surgeon of Liaquat Medical University Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Faheem Ahmed Memon on Tuesday has termed the daily exercise as indispensable for healthier human life, saying the arthritis is a disease causing painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints of body, the people can get rid of this epidemic disease only through losing their weight which is possible merely with taking exercise or going for walk of almost 20 to 25 minutes.

He said that there were over 200 kinds of arthritis in the world but osteoarthritis sort of the disease was common in Pakistan and the people of every age were falling prey to it.

This he said while delivering his comprehensive lecture titled “The increasing effects of arthritis on human beings” held at Centre for physical education, health & sports science, University of Sindh Jamshoro as a part of an awareness campaign which was launched by Dr. Faheem Memon.

According to university spokesman Nadir Ali Mugheri, Dr. Memon said that the masses could lead a happier life only by losing the weight and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases for which, he added that the role of taking exercise could not be ignored.

Putting light on the effects of osteoarthritis, he said it mostly affected cartilage, the hard but slippery tissue that covered the ends of bones where they met to form a joint.

“Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, small deposits of bone—called osteophytes or bone spurs—may grow on the edges of the joint,” he maintained.

Dr. Memon said that bits of bone or cartilage could break off and float inside the joint space causing more pain and damage adding that “osteoarthritis affects only joint function. It does not affect skin tissue, the lungs, the eyes, or the blood vessels”.

He further said that osteoarthritis kind of the disease altered into rheumatoid arthritis with the passage of time causing more difficulties for the patient.

In rheumatoid arthritis, he said, the immune system attacked the tissues of the joints, leading to pain, inflammation, and eventually joint damage and malformation. “It typically begins at a younger age than osteoarthritis, causes swelling and redness in joints, and may make people feel sick, tired, and feverish. Also, the joint involvement of rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical; that is, if one joint is affected, the same joint on the opposite side of the body is usually similarly affected,” said Dr. Faheem Memon.

He said that if the patient did not have his treatment started, he could fall prey to gouty arthritis. Defining the term gouty arthritis, Dr. Memon said that it is a common cause of a sudden onset of a painful, hot, red, swollen joint, particularly in the foot at the big toe adding that gouty arthritis was reportedly the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis in men over the age of 40.

He told that 52 million people were suffering from any one kind of arthritis in USA this time. “This disease affects life to a great extent; the symptoms of arthritis are identified slowly and gradually in some patients while in certain cases, these are diagnosed suddenly,” Surgeon Faheem maintained.

He said that no sooner did the patient know about the disease then he ought to consult with the doctor without any delay in order to get relief from more swelling and pain.

“The people of all the age can prey to arthritis but it is found common in the publics over the age of 60,” he said.

“Not to speak of old men, the children & teenagers can also be victim to arthritis, this is called juvenile arthritis,” he told.

He added that a child out of every 250 children was suffering from this chronic disease in a country like USA adding that the most types of arthritis were more common in women than men in every country including Pakistan.

Dr. Memon said that 40% people could not do at least one out of nine important daily functional activities by dint of arthritis in terms of lifting something in hand, pushing, pulling, carrying heavy things, sitting on chair continuously for one an hour, standing for one an hour and kneeling.

“Over 18% disabilities take place owing to depression in the society, we can find many people being depressed but they knowingly hide their depression which is not a good thing for their life,” said Dr. Faheem Memon.

Terming the obesity as the ultimate reason of cardiovascular as well as liver diseases, diabetes and cancer, the surgeon said that there was risk of 29% for fat men and 16.3 for normal people to fall prey to arthritis.

“Due to obesity the knees are affected, we must keep on taking exercise or go for a walk for almost 25 to 30 minutes daily,” he counseled.

He said that the arthritis could only be eradicated with the help of creating awareness among the people adding that if the timely treatment ensured in the case of stiffness, one could never face disability as ones arms and legs will not be affected owing to the effect of the disease.

Dr. Memon said that the only cure of affected joints of human body was their change and it will definitely cost a huge amount which could not be afforded by common people in the country like Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Abida Taherani chaired the event while Dr. Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Dr. Mahmood Mughal, Murtaza Siyal, Ghulam Nabi Kaka, Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah and a large number of officers, faculty members and students attended the lecture program.

Dr. Akram Ansari offered the vote of thanks on the occasion.

SU approves amended syllabi of English for PhD, MPhil, BS programs

IELLJAMSHORO: Sindh University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani has accorded approval of amended syllabi of English for PhD, MPhil & 4-year BS program at the Institute of English Language & Literature (IELL) here on Tuesday.

According to a notification issued by Registrar office, the Vice Chancellor has approved the syllabi of PhD, MPhil & 4-year BS program in English taught at IELL of the varsity under emergency powers vested in her vide section 14(3) of the University of Sindh Act-1972 and amended from time to time on the recommendations of Director of IELL, Dean Faculty of Arts and Dean Research & Graduate Studies

The approval has been given on the recommendations prepared in the meetings of Board of faculty of Arts held on May 19, 2015 and Board of Studies of Institute of English Language & Literature held on March 6, 2015.

‘Say no to corruption’ walk to be organized tomorrow at SU

say no to corruptionJAMSHORO: The University of Sindh Jamshoro will organize a walk tomorrow under the theme titled ‘say no to corruption’ in a bid to create awareness among the people regarding the evils which take place in the society by dint of corruption.

According to university spokesman, the walk under the theme titled ‘say no to corruption’ will be organized tomorrow (September 23) in the morning from Allama I.I Kazi tomb Zero Point to Arts Faculty Building in order to create wakefulness among the masses belonging to various segments of society about the ill effects of corruption.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani will lead the walk wherein the Pro Vice Chancellors of the campuses, Deans of Faculties, Directors of Institutes, chairpersons of departments, faculty members, officers and students have been asked to participate in the walk in order to encourage the fair practices in the society by saying no to corruption.

The walk against the corruption is the brainchild of Advisor Bureau of Students Tutorial, Guidance/ Counseling Services & Co-Curricular Activities (STAGS) Prof. Muhammad Yousif Pardesi who is organizing the walk.

Call for setting up branches of Sindhology in divisional headquarters of Sindh

IMG_0514JAMSHORO: Intellectuals, writers & educationalists on Monday have called for opening up the branches of Institute of Sindhology in every divisional headquarter of Sindh in a bid to promote Sindhi culture, literature, language as well as knowledge.

They said that everybody working in any capacity should perform his duties in befitting manner instead of pleasing mere his ‘bosses’. Sindh could only develop and progress with the honest working of individuals in their particular fields.

They said this while addressing at a ceremony organized by Institute of Sindhology, University of Sindh Jamshoro where another book corner setup in the name of Engineer Rafique Ahmed Memon was inaugurated by comrade Jam Saqi. Engr. Rafique handed over some 1600 unique books to Sindhology written in Sindhi, Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages.IMG_0562

Addressing the ceremony, comrade Jam Saqi said that Sindhology was the centre of knowledge and Sindhi culture which needed to be enhanced further by opening up its various branches at least in every divisional headquarter of the province.

“In order to disseminate knowledge, provide material for research on every topic and promote culture as well as literature, the branches of Sindhology ought to be opened up in every divisional headquarter; it’s necessary; its need of hour,” he believed.

Comrade Saqi advised the people who have an ample love for books and are book worms, to donate them to the Institute of Sindhology rather than handing over these precious books to their worthless offspring.

IMG_0534Educationalist Dr. Kazi Khadim Hussain on the occasion said that the Sindhi language was strong and there was no fear of its decline adding that a lot of work had been done on Sindhi language and literature which preserved.

He defined the term Sindh-ology as the ‘knowledge of Sindh’; therefore he said the research should be conducted on every subject in order to discover more things about Sindh.

He said it was not necessary to please ‘bosses’ in the educational and national institutions rather than doing one’s own business honestly. “The people have confidence on the institutions and we must try to come up to their expectations, no matter in any capacity we are,” said Dr. Kazi Khadim Hussain.

Short story writer Shaukat Hussain Shoro said Engr. Rafique handed over unique books to the research library of Sindhology which he hoped would be beneficial for the new generation.IMG_0529IMG_0532

He said once he visited Sunday book fair at Saddar, Karachi where he caught a book in which the best complements for Hidayatullah Qureshi were present in the hand writing of Sain G.M Syed along with his signature adding that such books if sold out, then what will be of this nation? He asked.

He expressed hope that the youths will get bnefit from the unique books kept in Engr. Rafique corner at Sndhology.

Allah Bachayo Memon said that seeing the gathering here at Sindhology, it occurred that the dream of Shaheed Bhutto regarding making education common came true.

IMG_0535 IMG_0557“Rafique is no doubt an Engineer from his profession point of view but he possesses an unending love for Sindh and has been rendering his services for the promotion of Sindhi language and literature,” he said.

Incharge Director Institute of Sindhology Saeed Ahmed Mangi termed Engr. Memon as education-friendly and said more corners will be setup in the research library of Institute of Sindhology in order to introduce eminent personalities of Sindh with new generation.

He said the institute was progressing under the patronage of Sindh University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani.

Engr. Rafique Ahmed Memon on the occasion thanked the incharge director of Sindhology for launching his book corner in the library, saying it is his personal observation that there is no any good friend except books.

IMG_0522He said that his heart was filled with agony upon donating his books to Sindhology but according to him, he has satisfaction that his friends (books) would be now in safe haven.

Among others Dr. Abdullah Dayo, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Dr. Nagina Parveen, Prof. Hidayatullah Memon, Col Retired Gul Hassan, Farah Baloch, Fahim Noonari, Umeed Ali Rind and Prof. Ghulam Ali Buriro also participated in the program.

1st MPhil seminar on English learning defended successfully

11994165_1680492688862508_2060598580_oJAMSHORO: The 1st MPhil Seminar of Sindh University scholar Abdullah Laghari titled ‘Motivation to learn English: A case study of undergraduate at the Institute of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh’ was held at the Institute of English Language and Literature (IELL) under the supervision of Dr. Faraz Ali Bughio and co-supervision of Dr. Muhammad Khan Sangi here on Friday.

Presided over by the Dean Faculty of Arts Professor Dr. Syed Javed Iqbal, the seminar was attended by a large number of faculty members, scholars and students. The scholar responded all the questions put up by the audience in the seminar.

On the occasion, many research scholars and professors put forward their suggestions which were noted and responded by the presenter. He defended his research proposal in befitting manner in his 1st MPhil seminar.

The dean in his presidential remarks commended the work of scholar Laghari and declared the seminar successful.12016152_1680492658862511_1444375751_o11994144_1680492638862513_89252027_o

He stressed the need to produce research articles and carry out meaningful research projects. Dr. Syed Javed Iqbal also appreciated the efforts of the faculty members of the Institute of English Language and Literature for carrying out eloquent research work.

It may be noted that Dr. Faraz Ali Bughio is a young faculty member of IELL with his PhD from abroad and he is trying his best to produce more & more MPhil & PhDs on the campus.

SU inaugurates Chinese corner to promote language, signs MoUs with two institutions

IMG_0030JAMSHORO: The Area Study Centre (ASC) of Sindh University (SU) on Wednesday inked two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with a local & a foreign institution for research in the fields of social sciences. It also inaugurated Chinese corner in a bid to promote Chinese language in the province.

According to University’s spokesman, the MoUs signing ceremony was held at varsity’s Area Study Centre where SU Vice Chancellor Dr. Abida Taherani & her Zhejiang Normal University China counterpart Dr. Lou Shizhou put their signatures on the agreement. The Director of ASC Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto was also present on the occasion.

Both the organizations agreed to develop collaborative research projects & hold academic workshops as well as conferences. Under agreement, both the universities would develop joint educational programs & short-term seminars as well as symposiums in the specific field. They will also exchange academic information, educational & research materials, publications and carry out exchanges of faculty members, scholars and managers.

The 2nd memorandum was signed by VC Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani & Executive Director of Pakistan Council on China (PCC), Islamabad Dr. Fazal-ur-Rahman in the same ceremony. The two organizations would develop academic cooperation in various fields, provision of joint consulting & research services for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

They also agreed to cooperate for mutual benefits and collaboration in order to achieve synergy in their activities.IMG_0052

Director ASC Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto told that the purpose of the cooperation between the PCC and the ASC was to improve the scientific and academic level of the two institutes, promote and intensify the friendship and the mutual understanding between the researchers & academic staff in general and the two institutions in particular.

He said that he had planned with Chinese University Vice Chancellor Lou Shizhou to setup a think tank wherein 5 faculty members from each side would be included. “This think tank will jointly work to conduct research in certain areas,” he said.

He hinted at establishing a Confucius Centre at ASC too.

Earlier, Chinese corner was inaugurated inside the library of Area Study Centre in a bid to start teaching Chinese language.