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Development of neurosurgery in Sultanate discussed at event

Oommen John P

MUSCAT Doctors at the Department of Neurosurgery, Khoula Hospital, shared their experiences and the quality work done by the department, on the concluding day of the sixth national neurosurgery conference on Thursday.

Three scientific sessions were held on the concluding day in which doctors from the department of neurosurgery spoke about the development of neurosurgery in the Sultanate. Among those who spoke were Dr Shareef Al Qadhi, Dr Praveen K, Dr Arshad Kabir Khan, Dr Usman, Dr Najm Usk, Dr Mohammad Farouq, Dr Said Al Mugairy, Dr Luke Martin Joseph and Dr Mohammed Nauman.

Dr Neeraj Salhotra and several others spoke on the first day of the conference. Oman Tribune and Al Watan were the media sponsors of the event.

The doctors appreciated the positive attitude of HE Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, and HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saif Al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, in developing and enhancing neurosurgery in Oman.

They stressed that there was no need for patients to go abroad for treatment as the department of neurosurgery provided quality treatment for those keen on getting treated in the Sultanate.

Prof. Nikolai G. Rainov, Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Augsburg, Germany, who spoke on “Corpectomy and vertebral body replacement in the lumbar and thoracic spine — the extreme lateral approach (XLIF)”, said minimally invasive surgical approaches to the spine are increasingly used instead of large and more invasive exposure techniques.

“Our current experience confirms that total vertebral body replacement via the XLIF approach is safe, minimises blood loss, allows for continuous bilateral ventilation of the lungs during transthoracic surgery, and can be performed by neurosurgeons without the need for an additional approach surgeon,” he said.

“On the concluding day, there was a peer review of the current practice in the Sultanate,” Dr SD Lad, senior consultant neurosurgeon and head of neurosurgery department, Khoula Hospital, and also chairman of the organising committee, told Oman Tribune.

“Most of the visiting professors were happy with the progress of the department of neurosurgery at Khoula Hospital,” he said.

Around 150 delegates, including medical and paramedical staff, attended the conference organised by the Department of Neurosurgery, Khoula Hospital.

The two-day conference highlighted the latest developments and advances in neurosurgery. Head injuries, brain tumours, spine surgery, vascular neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, neuroradiology and gamma knife surgery were among the topics discussed.

Experts from Germany, UAE, UK, Italy, Canada, India, Pakistan and Oman addressed the conference. They included professor N Rainov, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany); Dr AK Masaddi, Neurospinal Hospital, Dubai; professor D Garozzo, Santa Maria Misericordia Hospital, Italy; professor A Jenkins, Royal Victoria Hospital, UK; and Dr RR Ravi, Trust Hospital, Kochi, India.

Plan to enhance health services

MUSCAT — The Sultanate is studying the Korean experience of health insurance as the visiting delegation from the Korean health ministry and the Korean National Health Insurance Corporation concluded its visit to the Sultanate yesterday.
The meeting was presided over by the Minister of Health, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Health.
The Korean health delegation submitted a report about their visit to the Sultanate to the minister of health and hailed the Sultanate’ health care system and the services.
The delegation also submitted a number of recommendations to the minister of health that can help further improve the health services.
The discussion between the two sides included ways and mechanisms for enhancing alternative sources of funding the health sector.
The two sides agreed on activating and strengthening the Omani-Korean co-operation in the field of health, supporting the private sector as well as other steps all in line with the Sultanate’s vision 2050 in the field of health.
Al Saeedi yesterday also presided over the the 6th Annual Neurosurgery Conference organised by the Neurosurgery Department of Khoula Hospital.
The two-day conference aims at availing a platform for medical communication in a bid to enrich the field of neurosurgery in the Sultanate, as well as upgrading steps of evaluating the neurosurgery cases and promoting the understanding of modern surgical techniques for patients of nerve.

Oman sports medicine meet from February 26

The Ministry of Sports Affairs, in collaboration with the Oman Sports Medicine Committee (OSMC), will host the Oman International Sports Medicine Conference 2013 (OISMC 2013) from February 26 to 28 at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The conference will be inaugurated at 7pm by Sheikh al Fadhil bin Mohammed al Harthy, secretary general of the Council of Ministers.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Dr Masoud al Riyami, chairman, OSMC, and senior consultant on sports medicine at Khoula Hospital, said, “The main objective of this conference is to bring together various sports federations, clubs and hospitals on a common platform to develop a coordinated approach to sports problems.”

He said the conference will cover topics like the importance of preventing sports injuries, initiating dialogue between experts and other stakeholders in the field of sports medicine, addressing issues of concern and developing a practical strategy for the future.

The three-day conference will cover topics like treatment of injuries, sports psychology, nutrition and biomechanics. The event will include an exhibition on pharmaceutical companies and equipment used in reconstructive surgeries.

Two hundred people have already registered for the conference. Professors in sports medicine from South Africa, Sweden, Canada, India, Iran, Bahrain, the UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Oman will participate in the event, said Dr Riyami.

On the first day of the conference, participants will undergo a practical lesson on dealing with injuries, he added.

Camera in Muscat’s Khoula Hospital toilet: Oman’s Ministry of Health says …

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has said that the person behind fixing a spy camera in one of the toilets in Khoula Hospital has been arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution.

Recently, a member of the hospital staff had noticed the camera on the toilet ceiling. An official statement from the ministry said, ‘MoH would like to tell citizens and visitors of the hospital that the camera was discovered in a staff laboratory toilet which is never used by people visiting the hospital.

‘The hospital took necessarily steps and informed the ROP, resulting in the arrest of the culprit who has been referred to the Public Prosecution.’

MoH has reassured people that all hospital facilities are checked daily by specialised teams for maintenance, device control and hygiene to ensure safety and security and said it would not tolerate incidents that affect health services and reputation of medical institutions.

‘Spy’ camera in changing room triggers row at hospital

Muscat:  A small black object on the ceiling of a changing room next to the Laboratory Department at Khoula Hospital, was found to be a hidden camera on Monday morning. The hidden camera was connected to the hospital’s wireless network.

According to the official letter sent to the police station, a female employee at the hospital had entered the toilet at 7:15 a.m. and noticed a “strange black object” on the ceiling. “The employee had glanced briefly at the small black object but had not expected it to be a camera,” a trusted source at the hospital told Times of Oman.

The source added that after she left the toilet, doubts had come in her mind, and she went back to identify the object. She had informed the officials at the hospital about the strange object, and they confirmed that it was a camera. However, no one knew when it was installed or who had installed it. The officials informed the Wattayah Police Station, who started investigating the issue. The source confirmed that no one had been accused in the case so far.

Global menace
In the global media, several such cases have been reported, especially as the number of malls and shopping plazas for ladies’ apparel has multiplied. It has now come to light that hidden cameras are used in trial rooms for taking photos of undressed women. Some of these nude photos have found their way into the world of pornography.

A large number of marriages have been broken because of such acts by some perverts. This is also true for young, working girls, who live together in a group in rented accommodations. Hidden cameras have been found in their toilets and bathrooms. Such cases usually occur in metros and big cities. Many young girls fall victim to such tricks and are later exploited.

A doctor with a civil honour

A doctor with a civil honour

Dr C. Thomas, who hails from Kerala, is one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeons of Oman. He has been awarded the Order of Oman and nationality status for his entire family

He had finally retired to his room, at the end of a day full of surgeries. In fact, it’s been four days of non-stop work for Dr C. Thomas.

When Muscat’s Khoula Hospital and everyone in Oman closed their businesses for Ramzan, its senior consultant plastic surgeon did not take a holiday.

Instead, the doctor took up another assignment back in his home state, in Kerala — a plastic surgery camp at the SUT Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, where he is a shareholder.

“I come to Kerala every few months. There will be some conference to attend in Kerala or in some other state in India,” says Dr Thomas.

He would usually club his plastic surgery camps with these trips. The requests he got in this brief period were many. “In the old days a plastic surgery could mean two months off work.

But today all you need is a couple of days rest and you can resume your daily routine. From the days of facelifts, we have come all the way to autologus face transfers — to remove the facial wrinkles.”

Dr. Thomas was attracted to the world of plastic surgery when he was a student at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and he read about its possibilities in medical books.

To specialise in the field, this native of Kaipattoor, left India in the 70s. “After my MS I left for Oman to join the American Mission Hospital.

There, I was chosen to undergo plastic surgery training at Oxford in the UK. Three years later, I came back to Oman.

I figured there were a lot of plastic surgeons in the UK, and that Oman needed me more.” He started small with 10 beds and an assistant doctor at the Khoula Hospital.

Today, there are more than 80 beds and 22 doctors, and more units set up in Salalah and Sohar.

Dr Thomas became the Head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service to the Oman Ministry of Health.

In 1991, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, the ruler of the Sultanate of Oman awarded Dr Thomas the Order of Oman, a civil service honour and Omani nationality to all of his family members.

“It is my adopted country,” says Thomas who lives here with his wife Shantha and two doctor sons Tenny and Tejjy.

Free mammogram drive underway in Oman

Muscat: With a view to promoting pro-active breast screening in Oman, Royal Philips Electronics and Mustafa Sultan Science Industry Co, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), is offering free mammograms for women.

The mobile MicroDose mammography unit is on a tour around the GCC region -”it has been in Oman since June 2-” performing breast screenings for early detection, as part of Philips’ commitment to women’s health and preventative care.

The unit parked outside the Wattayah Polyclinic will be in Oman till June 20 after which it will move to Dubai, followed by Qatar and later Saudi Arabia. The unit was inaugurated by Stefan van Wersch, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Oman.

Stressing the need for early detection, Dr Sami Agami, business development manager, Philips Healthcare Middle East, said the survival of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at stage one is 95 per cent in comparison to those who are detected at
a later stage.

“It has been found that breast cancer victims show up in the hospital at an advanced stage,- Dr Sami said.

Explaining that breast cancer cases in the region has experienced an epidemic rise, Dr Sami said, “Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in Oman (18 per cent). Besides, breast cancer is likely to affect one out of eight women in their lifetime.-

With the mobile MicroDose mammography unit stationed at Wattayah Wattayah Polyclinic, the examinations are being done by radiographers from Khoula Hospital, Royal Hospital and Al
Nahda Hospital.

The reading of images is also done by radiologists in Khoula Hospital and Royal Hospital. Patients are then asked to follow up at Khoula Hospital.

Dr Mazin Al Khabori, advisor, clinical affairs, MoH said, “We are committed to screening programmes. MoH in Oman is committed to educating women residing in Oman on the importance of self-examination and seeking medical attention at an early stage. We urge women, especially those over the age of 40 years, to make use of this initiative.-

Stefan van Wersch said his embassy was happy to be associated with an important health initiative such as this.

Stressing that mammography is the primary tool used to assist in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, Diederik Zeven, general manager of Philips Healthcare Middle East, said, “Our MicroDose Mammography system ensures that mammogram will be quick and at a low radiation dose. MicroDose is also designed to offer a less stressful mammography experience by providing anatomically curved breast support.-

“Philips MicroDose Mammography addresses busy case volume by helping medical professionals perform as many as 15 four-image examinations per hour. Yet speed is never a substitute for quality-, said Diederik. “The robustness of the detector, combined with features such as low dose, patient comfort, speed and image quality, make MicroDose Mammography the ideal solution for the mobile mammo unit.-

Hospitals installing Philips MicroDose Mammography can now offer their patients the speed and convenience of a low-dose procedure that takes less than five minutes. For appointments, one may contact the number 93202219.

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Young Omani killed in Muscat accident

Muscat The only son of an Omani educationist was killed In a horrific accident on Sunday night in Qurum area of Muscat.

Tareq Bin Munir Al Maskari, 28, was driving a sports sedan when he hit a concrete road divider at a fork that splits the Sultan Qaboos High Street.

“The impact of the collision with the divider was very strong and probably at a high speed,” said a Royal Oman Police (ROP) spokesperson Monday.

Tareq, who worked for Carillion Alawi for their contract as Facility Managers of the BankMuscat headquarters building, was taken to the accident and trauma specialty Khoula Hospital where he died later.

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‘A thorough gentleman’

“He was a thorough gentleman and very good human being,” a colleague of Tareq told Gulf News on condition of anonymity.

His father is a dean with a private university in Muscat and was reportedly out of Oman when the tragedy struck the family. The father was expected to return home Monday.

Last week, two accidents in different places killed 12 people in what is believed to be tired drivers dozing off at the wheel.

The police in Oman have repeatedly urged drivers to take proper rest and if they fell tired or sleepy to park by the side of the road and take a nap before resuming driving.