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Thursday, April 24, 2014  

Global health care, lung cancer in focus
Staff Reporter

MUSCAT Health care is still a big challenge for developing nations, according to Dr Sibu Saha, professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, and chairman of directors council of Gill Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, at the University of Kentucky, US.

“Poverty, inadequate health care infrastructure, economic disparity, shortage of health care providers, rise of non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and trauma pose a big obstacle to global health care,” he said at a symposium on cardiovascular diseases and global health care organised recently by Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Hospital and Oman Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis (OSLA). Saha gave presentations on ‘Global Health Care’ and ‘Lung Cancer: A surgeon Prospective’.

He highlighted the importance of evidence-based practice of medicine in order to provide quality health care at reduced costs.

He lauded Oman’s achievement in the health care sector, highlighting the reduced infant mortality rate, universal coverage of health care services, increased density of hospitals and treatment facilities and adequate number of health care professionals.

He said lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer related death in the US.  He presented case studies in his institute and elaborated on minimally invasive surgical procedures, advances in chemotherapy and robot-assisted invasive surgery for its treatment. He said smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer.

Dr Thomas F Whayne Jr, professor of medicine, cardiology, at the Gill Heart Institute, said heart disease is the most common cause of mortality in women in the US.  

He stressed advanced screening and precautionary steps to control heart diseases in women.

The visit of the US physicians follows the visit of an SQU team led by HE Dr Ali Bin Saud Bimani, Vice-Chancellor, to US medical institutes in 2010, said Dr Hial Al Sabti, Deputy Director-General of SQU Hospital for Medical Affairs.

“SQU and the University of Kentucky are keen to strengthen academic and research collaboration,” he added.

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