Karachi: Taking into account the rising incidence of gastro infections with the recent increase in temperatures1, The Gastroenterology Forum of Pakistan organized its first medical symposium at a local hotel in the city. The event was attended by medical professionals and leading gastroenterologists and focused on recent developments within the field of gastroenterology, particularly gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its management.
GERD is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus2. Acid reflux, heartburn and chest pain are some of the common symptoms associated with the disease.3 Prof. Serhat Bor from Turkey was the Chief Speaker at the event. With years of research under his belt and 50 published research papers, he spoke about the latest discoveries within the arena of gastroenterology with a particular focus on the “acid pocket” phenomenon that was first discovered in 2001.4
“The Gastroenterology Forum of Pakistan has been created with the purpose of advancing knowledge and spreading awareness on GERD management. The Forum aims to lead public awareness campaigns, conduct trainings, seminars and workshops on GERD management for doctors across Pakistan and organize free consultation camps in impoverished areas”, explained Assad Gondal, Head of Healthcare at RB Pakistan. The Forum consists of twelve leading healthcare experts in Gastroenterology from across Pakistan and is being sponsored by RB, manufacturer of pharmaceutical products like Gaviscon, Disprin, Disprol etc.
Professor Bor who is a member of various societies around the world including a General Assembly Member at United European Gastroenterology Federation, President of Turkish Gastroenterology Society and the American Gastroenterology Association,spoke about his experience at the symposium “By organizing events like this, the Gastroenterology Forum of Pakistan is providing a platform for the medical fraternity to interact, exchange insights and share the latest developments. It was a pleasure to share my experiences and research with the professionals here. As a developing country, Pakistan has a high prevalence of patients with gastro infections, hence it is essential that the latest studies and procedures are shared and put into action.”
The symposium was the first of many events that the Gastroenterology Forum has planned for the rest of the year. These will include medical workshops for doctors as well as spreading general awareness among the masses about managing the common symptoms of GERD such as heartburn.