25 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS AUGUST 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy 31st Annual Conference Aamir Ghafoor Khan, MD Past President Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy Pakistan Bakht Biland, MD Vice President Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy Chairman, Organizing Committee Pakistan The 31st Annual International Conference of the Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy (PSG) was held from 1-5 April 2015 in Serena, Islamabad. The meeting was held jointly with the Asian Pa-cific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) and The Japanese Society of Gastroenterology (JSGE) as well as the 6th Single Topic of APAGE on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the first time that a single topic APAGE meeting was held in this part of the world. The meeting was also endorsed by the World Gastroenterology Organ-isation (WGO) and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh United Kingdom (RCPEd), with messages of support sent in by their respective presidents. Locally Khyber Puktoon Khawa (KPK) was the host chapter, with Asso-ciate Professor Dr. Bakht Biland, Vice President of the PSG, served as the chairman of the organizing committee. The program began with a two day endoscopy workshop held in Quaid- H.E. Mr. Shahram Khan Taraki Minister for Health KPK. e-Azam International Hospital. On day one, a Basic Endoscopy Workshop was held for postgraduate trainees. These trainees were placed in small groups of 10 with senior faculty members and international faculty, and were instructed with hands-on training in various procedures. On that day concurrently an endoscopy technician’s workshop (in collabora-tion with MMISDP) was held for the first time to discuss the role of health-care workers in infection control and prevention, cleaning and disinfection of scopes and instruments, handling and care of instruments, pre- and post- endoscopy patient care, and basic lifesaving (BLS) demonstration hands-on training. BLS certification was awarded on completion of the course. It was very well attended and oversubscribed, with delegates from throughout Pakistan taking part. The international faculty from Group Photo of All invited Foreign Faculty with Prof. Aamir Ghafoor Khan, President PSG, and Prof. Kentaro Sugano, President Asia Pacific Association (APAGE).
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