Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

Pakistani former prime minister Nawaz Sharif underwent medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday. (AFP/File)
Updated 04 February 2019

Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

  • Doctors clear the air that former premier did not have a heart attack in the recent past
  • Contemplate on whether or not to remove stone detected in his kidney

LAHORE: The results of a medical test conducted on Pakistan’s former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are clear, a hospital source confirmed to Arab News on Monday.
Sharif underwent a thorough medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday.
“The Lipid Profile Test (LPT) of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, that was conducted after 12 hours of fasting, came out clear. However, a 3 mm stone has been detected in his kidney,” an official, who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media, said. 
“Nawaz Sharif is treated as per his medical history and present health condition. He has been shifted to hospital for medical investigation. We are waiting for the results of his tests before deciding his medication,” Dr. Adnan Khan, the personal physician of the three-time prime minister, had told Arab News on Sunday.
Sharif’s medical examination was carried out under the supervision of a team of medical experts which included Professors Mehmood Ayaz, Sajid Nisar, and Kamran Cheema.
“The hospital authorities carried out the former prime minister’s CT scan and a complete blood test. They also examined his kidneys through ultrasound. Apart from that, the doctors also called a cardiac expert from the Punjab Institute of Cardiology for consultation,” the source said.
The tests also confirmed that Sharif did not suffer any cardiac arrest in the recent past.
However, with tests for a kidney stone turning out positive, the medical experts will now decide whether or not he needs surgery for the condition.
“I am sure that the medical board has received the reports of the test but not delivered to us so far. The moment we get it, we will look into the matter,” Khan said.
Sharif was moved to the Services Hospital from Lahore’s Central Jail on Saturday with the approval of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. A notification in this connection was issued by the Punjab home department on the recommendation of a special medical board constituted by the provincial administration.
This was the fourth medical board that was specially constituted to examine the health of the convicted prime minister.
The board was constituted on January 25 and comprised cardiac experts from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, and the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. Sharif’s detailed examination was conducted on January 30 for two hours inside his prison cell.
According to a notification by the Punjab Home Department, the former prime minister will be moved back to the prison facility after his medical tests are completed.
“Superintendent of jail will ensure early shifting of the prisoner back to the Central Jail Lahore, in consultation with respective hospital authorities, after requisite medical examination/investigation/management, under foolproof security arrangements,” read the notification.
However, Punjab’s Information Minister, Fayazul Hasan Chohan, said Sharif might continue to stay in the hospital after his medical tests, based on the medical advice of the experts involved.


WHO lauds Pakistani frontline workers as 'real heroes' in polio fight

Updated 24 October 2020

WHO lauds Pakistani frontline workers as 'real heroes' in polio fight

  • 270,000 frontline workers participated in the nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign last month
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only countries where polio can be found, after Africa was declared polio-free in late August

ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) marked World Polio Day on Saturday by recognizing the hard work of thousands of Pakistani polio workers, as a nationwide immunization drive resumed after a months-long coronavirus hiatus.
According to Pakistan Polio Eradication Program data, 270,000 frontline workers participated in the door-to-door vaccination campaign last month after the government suspended nationwide polio efforts between April and July to focus on COVID-19 response.
"They are our real heroes in this effort, and with the provided support, they have made us proud by vaccinating millions of children during each campaign," WHO Pakistan representative Dr. Palitha Mahipala said, as quoted by local media.
He added that the WHO and its government and non-government partners are "working hard to ensure that Pakistan can be the next country on the journey to a polio-free world."
Polio is a highly infectious disease, which mainly affects children under the age of five and can cause paralysis or death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective means of protection against it.
The next polio eradication campaign will be starting on Monday, in 128 districts of the country, aiming to give polio drops to 31 million children.
Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only countries where polio can be found, after Africa was declared polio-free in late August. Pakistan has registered 79 polio cases since the start of the year.