Sunday, August 21, 2011

Listening to the ultimate messiah

Few days back one of my friends posted a video on my facebook page in which a person advertises his amazing disease healing skills. You can see a screen shot from the video on the right side. My friend posted this video thinking that I being a doctor am the most concerned person regarding the contents. Of course I am, but people living around healing facility of this gentleman are more concerned than me. And even more concerned, rather responsible are the authorities. I was practically shocked to see the video. A person who apparently can’t speak Urdu for more than few seconds, goes on to claim that he can treat any disease that a human being can come up with. Standing behind an advertisement board carrying all his medical credentials, he goes on to give a sermon about his magical abilities to cure. Without any clue regarding the contents of his treatment regimes, he proclaims to heal everything that brings worry to us. Health authorities and medical council of the country seems to see the other way I guess.

The written content is translated here.

Dr Abdul Majeed. Majeed Hospital
Cellular mobile number omitted purposefully
Diploma in Medicine and Practice in Surgery
Registered (with) Government (of)Punjab, Health Authorties, File 763
Faisalabad Health Authorties File No 01
Experience in Medical Practice 40 years
Address, omitted purposefully

The spoken contents of the video are summarized here.

In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful. Assalamo Alaikum. I, Dr Abdul Majeed, treat all types of pain, whatever part of the body it is in. With the grace of God, patient says he is alright within 5-7 minutes. Be it knees, ankles, backbone, kidneys or even heart that aches, or even it is beats (palpitates), I treat all of them. Similarly all types of diseases like sozak hemorrhoids or even persistent hiccups, or even if one feels heat, I can treat all of these diseases within 5-7 minutes. By the grace of God, when I ask the patient after 5-7 minutes if he feels sick, he says no, I am feeling better. This is feedback of my patients which has encouraged me to speak (advertize).  Allergy of eyes (conjunctivitis perhaps) is a illness where doctors change the eye drops  every now and then. I can heal it in a span of few minutes. If the eye hole is blocked, and hasn’t been cured after unlimited treatment, give me 3 days and it will be open after three days. Apart from this, if one cannot speak fluently, I treat this whereas no one in the whole country treats this. And that too within 10 minutes, patient starts speaking normally. I never recommend any dietary restriction whatever type of allergy, asthma or high blood pressure is there. These are all blessings of God. One shouldn’t restrict anything. No one can treat hepatitis faster than me. No one has the knowledge of this disease better than me. All types of fever are cured within 24 hours. I have 40 years experience of medical practice. Cough and flu, skin diseases and hundreds of other disorders are treated so quickly that I myself am amazed. If I was like others, I would have had been silenced years ago. It has been four years since I am educating you, that whosoever is sick should come to me and get the benefit. Anything that is not cured by these doctors, specialists, hakeems or faith healers should be brought to me. I will cure it in few minutes. First I cure the patient and then ask how long he or she wants to take medicine for. Whosoever has come to me for 5 or 6 times can never be sick again. Timing of my availability is during the day. Address described and omitted purposefully.
This video speaks volumes about the state of health affaires in our country. This person has been running a clinic for last 40 years in the third largest city of Pakistan. He is running an advertisement campaign to recruit patients too. While the contents and claims of this video can be refuted and proven wrong by scientific evidence, it speaks more about the ignorance and attitude at basic level of our society.  The credentials that he is claiming do not even exist. And he got all that 40 years back, when there was no mention of hepatitis at all. And no one, virtually no one living around him is educated enough to know that he is playing with people’s lives. Take for example his generalization of pain, whether it is in knees, ankles, kidneys or heart, it can be treated. Pain in all these places cannot be generalized as knees are sore in inflammation but a cardiac pain can be a fatal heart attack. Similarly the closure of hole of eye just doesn’t mean anything other than maltreating any potentially dangerous disease which will eventually result in blindness.
Quacks like him are successfully practicing in cities, towns and villages, competing with registered medical practitioners only to bring a qualified doctor’s practice to a lower level. When such people will be allowed to “educate” others so openly, how can we expect to eradicate diseases and improve general health standards of our society?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Mobile Journey: Nokia 8310 to Samsung Galaxy S2

Remembring the good old days when I had nokia 8310.....
was my 3rd July 2011 facebook status update. The comments and rappels that followed made me write this post, perhaps to preserve these precious memories.
I remember the days of Government College Sargodha when my only tele-communication with the world was through the landline telephone which was installed at the reception of the hostel. Apart from that, I used to have exchange of hand written letters with a couple of friends. I carried letter writing into my next phase of life, the medical college. In the period between the two, my mailing address used to be Syed and Sons Sillanwali. It was the same Government College Sargodha where I saw a cellular phone for the first time, with my friend Asad. I remember how naïve I was about its mechanism of working and functional limitations. In medical college, Saudi students with mobile phones were so well known that one of them got a title "mobile guy" on our first class function. Due to expensive incoming and outgoing call rates, this luxury was still out of everyone’s pocket. A similar landline telephone provided at the medical college hostel served the purpose of communication with my family and other private stuff. My father had to travel to a nearby town to call me on weekends, at a rate of PKR 25/minute. Moving to Rawalpindi happened at a time when we started hearing about the launch of a cheaper mobile service, with the name of ufon. The first and foremost attraction was free incoming calls and free short messaging service. In the beginning though, even purchasing a sim card of ufon was labeled as an achievement as there used to be long ques outside its sale centers whenever the sale of SIM cards used to open.
I remember I bought my first GSM mobile SIM card from ufon, through a friend who had a contact in a regional service center. Reason behind choosing ufon was none other than that it was state owned agency and I believed I was serving my country by choosing it Those were the good old days #patriotic. I later switched to a Jazz number, not being a traitor but because Jazz spread its service to my home village area and I had to join others in the family.
First ever GSM mobile handset that I happened to use was Nokia 8310. Released at time when color display was not yet marketed, it carried some extraordinary features like GPRS, FM radio, voice and in-call recording and an elegant crystal display. I chatted with my friends on messenger using gprs. Although it was a second hand set, its battery lasted for 3 days after first charging, secret was that I didn’t receive any calls during those three days #literary joke. It stayed with me till its display was damaged. Still I was able to re-sell it to a fellow who, except displeasing me with his finding of some private call recordings in the set, never complained about the performance of the set. Those were the good old days.
Daily afternoon visit to Commercial Market Rawalpindi kept me and my friends updated about all the latest releases of handsets. Soon the markets were flooded with polyphonic ringtones and quickly after that color display enabled cellular phones. I quickly changed few sets, including a Sony Ericsson J210, Nokia 3500, and then again a Sony Ericsson handset, this time K608i. This one was exclusive in having a 1.3 MP camera and a better music playing than I ever had. Thanks to the camera, I kept it in use until it was completely worn out, color faded, software crashed, and photos, memories and people associated with those memories were no more. I cherish that handset a lot, mainly due to the photographs I took with it. There are some jokes associated with its diverse ringtones ringing at inappropriate times. But at the boom of mobile business, such events happened to everyone. Those were the good old days.
I still have that fateful handset in my property it has lost much of its value thanks to smart cellular phones made available recently. I bought a BlackBerry Pearl when I came in France. My inability to understand it resulted in my disliking towards the phone and I moved to windows enabled Acer X960 tempo. I was a bit late in purchasing that one as technology had moved on. Google had launched android operating system and market was overflowing with new generation handsets. I remember I covered my trip to Limoges (France) with that Acer handset camera.
Next was android OS Motorolla Dext with MotoBlur, my maiden android set. It was gifted by a friend of mine. It gave me quite a liberty to use facebook and twitter on the go. I switched back to same Acer and remained contented till my contract with my service provider expired and I was able to benefit from an offer by another one. So I bought my current handset, Samsung Galaxy S2, with the awesome latest version of android OS and a massive 1.2 GHz processor. Communication, games, photography, editing and what not, it is a pleasure to have this machine. With Google+ and other awesome applications, it keeps its magic alive. Although I haven’t been able to benefit from its high tech OS and hardware, I feel myself like tapping my heels all the time. For a moment, it just makes me forget the awful things around, submitting myself to the galaxy that it is. Still I wonder how I managed to write all this down after so much time. But a more amazing thing is how you managed to read it till down here. So, here is the sweet reward, an interesting ad of Samsung Galaxy S2. Enjoy and share your experience of handsets down in the comments....