PROFILE ASHRAF HUSSAIN
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
SOCIETY LG'S COMMUNITY WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN PAKISTAN
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EDUCATION  IBA—PUNJAB UNIVERSITY, LAHORE
 

LG'S COMMUNITY WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN PAKISTAN

 

Korean doctors operated the cleft-lip and cleft-palate patients

By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Sep 02 - 08, 2002

 

LG Electronics, the regional and global leader, sponsored the visit of Korean doctors to perform cleft-lip and cleft-palate surgery at Civil Hospital, Karachi. During one week the team of doctors successfully performed 30 operations. The surgeries and the medicines were provided free of cost to all the patients who were operated. The average cost of the cleft-lip surgery in Pakistan is estimated to be around Rs 100,000 depending on the level of deformity.

Inviting the team of Korean experts to Pakistan for operating on the cleft-lip and cleft-palate patients was an initiative of LG Electronics as part of its community welfare and development efforts in Pakistan. Commenting on the cleft-lip surgery activity, James Chun, General Manager for Pakistan of LG Electronics said, "LG as a good corporate citizen strongly believes in doing some work for the society. We realized that there was a dire need to undertake cleft-lip and cleft-palate surgery in Pakistan because a large number of people cannot afford this expensive medical treatment".

The team of Korean doctors arrived in Karachi on August 17, 2002. After the initial examination and medical tests of the patients, they chose 30 patients. The basic criteria for the selection of patients were: their fitness to undergo such an operation and the age at which the results can be most positive. According to Mian Pervez Akhter, "We as a partner of LG always appreciate such initiatives and we will continue supporting community development activities in Pakistan".

The team of Korean doctors that performed operations at Civil Hospital, expressed keenness to continue such efforts. They have also provided such services in the past to the people of few developing countries of the world. "We are very thankful to the team of Korean doctors who have taken time out and came to Pakistan for this noble cause. We are also very thankful to the staff and management of the Civil Hospital, especially Noshad Shaikh for their co-operation and support", said Mrs. Kausar Akhter, Director, New Allied Electronics.

After completing 30 operations successfully, the Korean team of doctors has also donated their tools and equipment to the concerned department of Civil Hospital. Expressing his views on the stay in Karachi, Professor doctor, II-Woo Nam, President, Korea Association of Cleft-lip and Palate, said, "We are very pleased that we have successfully operated the patients and we are also very thankful to all the doctors and paramedics of Civil Hospital who have fully co-operated with us and helped us spreading smiles everywhere".

Medical Superintendent, Noshad Shaikh showed his sincere gratitude to the team of Korean doctors and LG Electronics for doing such a commendable job. "I really appreciate the efforts of LG Electronics for taking such an initiative of inviting this team of Korean doctors consisting of senior professors to Pakistan. It was a great pleasure working with the Korean team as the techniques they have applied are new and very effective", remarked Noshad Shaikh.

The surgery was not only attended by a number of post-graduate students but also attended by the senior doctors who are working as consultants in various other hospitals of Karachi. "The techniques that these Korean doctors are using are new and different and they have also taught us to operate by using their technique that is equally successful," remarked one of the doctors.

The visit of Korean doctor has taught two lessons that local elites should pay more attention to community welfare and development and doctors should also give time to people who deserve their attention. Reason being that during last four year less than 150 such operations were performed, whereas the Koreans performed about 30 operations in one week only. The Korean doctor came to Pakistan rather than enjojing their annual leave.