The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) would be setting up a dedicated weight-loss surgery unit for all the people who are suffering from type-two diabetes and obesity, as informed by one of the top officials of the health facility on Wednesday.
The department of metabolic and bariatric surgery would be offering a procedure that would assist in diverting the complications of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases because of obesity.
The verdict was taken in the backdrop of training sessions being conducted by the American Surgeon—Dr Robert Rutledge—the inventor of the laparoscopic mini-gastric bypass who is presently on a weeklong visit for providing training to the surgeons of Pakistan.
Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood—Executive Director-PIMS during a meeting with the participating surgeons in the training session from the various cities took the decision that he would soon be establishing a dedicated metabolic and bariatric surgery department at the health facility.
It was also decided that the current facilities of PIMS could be immediately upgraded by acquiring advanced equipment required for the surgery which is at a price of up to rupees forty million.
The meeting observed that diabetes and obesity were the two diseases rising in Pakistan at an alarming rate and would be an epidemic within a decade if steps would not be taken as per new research.
The government spends billions of rupees on the complicated diseases caused by diabetes including the treatment of heart diseases, blindness, renal failure, stroke and gangrene of limbs requiring amputation, doctors mentioned during the meeting.
Dr Atif Inam Shami said that the metabolic or bariatric surgery has shown to be the best in the treatment or at least in the control of the complications of diabetes and obesity better than the presently available medical treatments.
However, he mentioned that the efforts were controlled because of the lack of advanced equipment needed for surgeries which sustain extra costs on patients.