The first arthritis center in Pakistan has been opened in Karachi under the direction of an American board-certified rheumatologist for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal illnesses and systemic autoimmune problems, often known as rheumatic diseases.
A memorandum of understanding was recently signed with a local health organization for the establishment of the Pak-American Arthritis Center (PAAC), where trained and qualified rheumatologists from abroad and locally would be available for the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic patients.
Rheumatic diseases are common in Pakistan but challenging to diagnose and treat by other medical professionals, according to Dr. Saliha Ishaq, managing director of the PAAC.
Leading rheumatologists such as Dr. Tabe Rasool from the Dow University of Health Sciences, Dr. Tahira Perveen from Liaquat National Hospital, Dr. Babar Saeed Khan, and Chief Executive Officer of Ehad Medical Centre Karachi, Dr. Anam Dayem were among the other well-known rheumatologists and health experts who attended the ceremony.
Leading medical authorities claim that rheumatoid arthritis, often known as RA, is an autoimmune and inflammatory condition that destroys the body’s healthy cells by accident and causes excruciating swelling in the affected area. It typically targets several joints at once, attacking the joints.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked with Ehad Medical Centre, which has over 20 locations around Karachi and would make trained and competent rheumatologists more accessible following the formation of the PAAC. According to Dr. Saliha, the network will be extended to include additional Pakistani cities and the country’s Ehad Medical Centre.