Srinagar, February 04 (Scoop News) – Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Prof . Riyaz Punjabi Friday stressed for the need of a concerted and coordinated fight of scientists, clinicians and oncologists to understand the etiology of the rise of Esophageal Cancer EC in
Prof Punjabi was speaking at the inaugural session of a daylong national symposium with the theme Esophageal Cancer – A Major Health Concern In Kashmir organized by KU department of bio chemistry in collaboration with cancer society of Kashmir at the Ghandi Bhawan Hall of the
Prof Abdul Hamid Zargar, Director Sheri Kashmir institute of medical sciences (SKIMS), Dr showkat Zargar , (CSK) , Prof A R Yousuf , Dean academic affairs , Prof Syed Fayaz , Registrar KU, Prof Akbar Maood, Head department of Bio chemistry, Prof Mohammad Afzal Head clinical Bio -chemistry were among the dignitaries and resource persons who spoke at the inaugural session , attended by scholars students and the KU teaching fraternity.
Prof Riyaz Punjabi said that the symposium will provide a podium for experts and researchers to share their experiences and understanding on the theme. This, said VC , will generate awareness among the masses on its risk factors, genesis, diagnosis and treatments. VC said that the symposium will surely kindle an interest in augmenting the required efforts for decreasing the incidence, mortality and morbidity of EC in our Valley. “A lot is expected to be undertaken in this direction to tackle the menace from this part of the globe” hoped VC pledging the KU support for any venture aimed at bringing awareness in masses about the disease.
Prof. Abdul Hamid Zargar Director SKIMS said that key word has to be cancer prevention and treatment comes next. He said that bottom line is that things are doable provided all sections of the society come together and make a concerted and coordinated effort to fight the rising incidence of EC in
Prof Showkat Zargar Chairman CSK said that society will be working in close coordination with KU in bringing awareness among masses about the disease.
Dean academic affairs Prof . A R Yousuf said that changing life styles and food habits can be one of the causes for the rise of EC
Registrar KU Prof Syed Fayaz said that the highest prevalence and mortality rates of EC are found in ‘Asian Esophageal Cancer Belt’ which stretches from Iran to North Central China and the Valley of Kashmir forms the southern border of this belt. He said our researchers should pay special attention to this.
Head Department of Biochemistry University of
We at KU believe that these studies will assist in handling the burden of the cancer in the valley and we all look forward for more collaborations and inputs in this direction, said Organizing Secretary of symposium, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Dar, Assistant prof Department of biochemistry .
Noted academicians, researchers and scientists Prof Showkat A Zargar , prof Khursheed A andrabi, Dr Bashir Ahmad , Prof M Maqbool Lone, Prof A G Ahangar, Prof S Ejaz , read their research papers on the theme in the technical session which followed the inaugural event.