the Royal College of Radiologists, United Kingdom, award to the Cyberknife – Radiation Oncology services at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC)

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KARACHI Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Royal College of Radiologists, United Kingdom, award to the Cyberknife – Radiation Oncology services at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the health sector and people of the province.

Cyberknife – Radiation Oncology services at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Karachi has been honoured by “The Royal College of Radiologists”, United Kingdom.

It’s a matter of great pride for the province of Sindh and Pakistan as a country, that a free Cancer treatment facility offered in a public-private partnership between the Government of Sindh and the Patients Aid Foundation at JPMC Karachi has been recognised by The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) – UK.

The RCR’s origins date back to 1897 with the invention of x-ray Radiation and the establishment of the Roentgen Society. It has the largest number of Fellows worldwide, serving as Radiologists and Radiation Oncologists.

The Honorary Fellowship by the RCR is the most prestigious award given to a non-Fellow of the College. So far, they have awarded this to only 78 individuals worldwide. On Friday, 28th June 2024, it was awarded to Prof. Dr Tariq Mahmood at Central Hall Westminster, London. The citation to honour him highlighted his work in the field of radiology and radiation oncology in Pakistan.

Dr Tariq Mahmood Professor Emeritus, Radiation Oncology, JPMC is the first Pakistani and first Muslim Professor in the world to receive this most prestigious award. He is also a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for public service, the Honorary rank of Surgeon Commander from the Chief of Naval Staff and holds an honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Edinburgh for his services in the field of Medicine.

After the ceremony, Dr. Mahmood shared that achievements that are recognized for awards are accomplishments that are beyond the scope of employment and it’s not possible without a collective effort. He mentioned he received this award with profound honour and humility on behalf of all the donors and members of the Patients Aid Foundation, the Government of Sindh, all the dedicated senior and junior colleagues serving at JPMC, the visiting faculty members, equipment suppliers, the DKT team members, and his friends and family who helped to make these facilities a reason for this award.

Prof. Mahmood extended his gratitude to the Honourable Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and Minister Health Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho for the donation of a new top-of-the-line Cyberknife S7 unit and to the donors of Patients Aid Foundation for another Tomotherapy X9 unit.

Since 2012, to date, JPMC has been the only centre on the planet where treatment of cancer with Cyberknife and Tomotherapy is offered free of cost irrespective of nationality religion ethnicity. So far, patients from 15 countries and 167 cities of Pakistan have availed of this free facility. Worldwide, millions of rupees are charged for these expensive treatments.

He also shared that in terms of technology, Radiation Oncology at JPMC is amongst the world’s top ten centres with its two Cyberknifes, two Tomotherapy units and Equinox 100. These units offer highly precise treatments, cure early-stage cancers of prostate, brain, spine, lung, liver, head & neck, etc.

Radiation Oncology section also offers free PET-CT scans since 2017. Keeping in view the increasing number of patients, the department has introduced new isotopes for prostate, brain, and cardiac, also enhancing the capacity to perform more than 4000 free PET- CT scans in the next fiscal year.