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10 03, 2021

COVID-19 oxygen emergency impacting half a million people globally

2021-03-13T12:10:20+00:00

A surge in demand for oxygen due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created an emergency impacting half a million people in low- and middle-income countries. New assessments have revealed that $90m (~€74.28m) in immediate funding is needed to meet the urgent demand for oxygen treatment in up to 20 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). COVID-19 [...]

10 03, 2021

Finding missing TB cases among rural women in Sindh – Empowering women to increase their access to diagnostic & treatment services

2021-03-13T12:16:01+00:00

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. Most infections show no symptoms, in which case it is known as latent tuberculosis. About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kill about half of those affected. The classic symptoms of active [...]

10 03, 2021

Prioritize public health to better prepare for future pandemics – Experts

2021-03-13T12:15:54+00:00

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on health, quality of life and economic activity, charging health experts to push policy makers to prioritise public health to manage pandemics in the making. Human actions like deforestation, encroachment on diverse wildlife habitats and markets in cities and towns where animals are bought and sold are helping diseases [...]

16 01, 2020

Lack of new antibiotics threatens global efforts to contain drug-resistant infections

2021-03-13T11:51:42+00:00

Declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Two new reports reveal a weak pipeline for antibiotic agents. The 60 products in development (50 antibiotics and 10 biologics) bring little benefit over existing treatments and very few [...]

15 06, 2019

Uplifting Mental Health Services Upon Judicial Directives – A Hope For The Rights of Marginalized Sufferers and Caregivers

2020-02-22T19:43:31+00:00

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi, President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) lauded the directives by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar of Sindh High Court (the petition filed by Ms. Erum Shaheen, submitted through her counsel, Mohammad Qadir Khan), to all the commissioners and the senior superintendents of police to constitute special committees to visit public places including shrines [...]

15 06, 2019

UNAIDS delegation briefs Governor Sindh on causes of HIV outbreak in Larkana

2019-07-01T20:50:32+00:00

Regional UNAIDS officials briefed Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail that unsafe injection practices and poor infection control had emerged as the leading cause of the recent HIV outbreak in Ratodero area of Larkana, saying UNAIDS was ready to extend all possible support to the Pakistani health authorities in managing the situation and to prevent such outbreaks [...]

15 06, 2019

No link between vaccination efforts, spread of HIV

2019-06-30T20:51:07+00:00

The Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP) representing Infectious Diseases and immunization experts, has categorically and unequivocally denied any connection between vaccination efforts and the spread of HIV in Pakistan. Prof. Bushra Jamil, the MMIDSP President and Dean, Infectious Diseases, College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) took strong exception to a [...]

15 06, 2019

UNAIDS to continue support the response to the HIV outbreak in Pakistan

2019-07-01T20:49:30+00:00

UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Eamonn Murphy reiterated UNAIDS’ commitment to supporting provincial and federal authorities to respond to the HIV outbreak and strengthen the HIV response in the country. He expressed these views during a press briefing in Karachi during his official visit to Pakistan. The preliminary findings was presented during [...]

15 06, 2019

Call for promoting voluntary blood donation culture

2019-07-01T20:47:31+00:00

There is a dire need of promoting vol­untary blood donation culture in the country as it relies on family donors to sustain the transfusion system. It was very important to pro­mote the culture of voluntary blood donations in Pakistan as the country essentially relied on the ‘family do­nors’ to sustain the transfusion sys­tem. These views [...]

15 06, 2019

KP Blood Transfusion Authority completed Second Round of Inspections in Peshawar

2019-07-01T20:46:04+00:00

The Second Round of blood bank inspections in Peshawar was completed earlier this month by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blood Transfusion Authority (KPBTA). The Authority inspected 10 blood banks in Peshawar including Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital; North West General Hospital; Fatimid Foundation Thalassaemia Centre; Mercy Teaching Hospital, Frontier Foundation Thalassaemia Centre; Kuwait Teaching Hospital; Hamza [...]

15 06, 2019

Governor Sindh inaugurates CT Scanner at Kidney Centre

2019-06-30T20:49:15+00:00

Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail inaugurated newly installed CT Scanner- Ultra Low Dose Radiation in the Radiology Department at The Kidney Centre (TKC), Karachi. The inclusion of ultra-low dose radiation CT scanner (164 Slices) will enhance the quality of results and enable us for Coronary CT Angiography and Calcium Scoring for early detection of heart diseases. [...]

15 06, 2019

Govt to initiate NAP in health sector to improve Health Facilities

2019-07-01T20:44:19+00:00

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Dr. Zafar Mirza said that a National Action Plan (NAP) in health sector was being planned with the coordination and consultation of the provinces to improve the health facilities. He said this while addressing a joint press briefing with Health Minister [...]

15 06, 2019

Children’s Cancer Unit at Holy Family Hospital inaugurated

2019-07-01T20:43:03+00:00

The newly-built Pediatric Oncology at the Department of Pediatrics in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) was inaugurated by Prof. Muhammad Umar, Vice Chancellor, Rawalpindi Medical University, Islamabad at a ceremony held recently at Islamabad. HFH Medical Superintendent (MS), Dr. Nasir Mehmood, Indus Hospital doctors including Dr. Muhammad Shemol and Dr. Rafi Raza, Prof. Rai Asghar, Dr. [...]

15 06, 2019

Chinese Doctors performed free Cleft Lip and Palate surgeries

2019-07-01T20:41:48+00:00

A team of Chinese Surgeons and Pakistani Doctors successfully operated upon 40 cleft lip and palate patients during 5-day Free Medical Camp held at Islamabad International Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. Malian and Dr. Zhou Xia of Beijing University, Department of Stomotology joined the camp during which a number of affected patients, mostly children were [...]

15 06, 2019

4 in 10 children are stunted says National Nutrition Survey 2018

2019-07-01T20:40:19+00:00

Four in ten under five children are stunted according to the new National Nutrition Survey (NNS), published by the Government of Pakistan today. The survey shows a 4 per cent decrease since the last survey conducted in 2011, and that nearly two out of every ten children under five also suffer from wasting. The survey [...]