15 03, 2019

‘Pedal for Health’ awareness initiative launched


Ministry of National Health Services launched launched an Awareness Initiative ‘Pedal for Health’ at Liaquat Gymnasium in Islamabad aimed at prevention of non-communicable diseases. Federal Minister for National Health Services, Aamer Mehmood Kiani launched the Initiative which would be run under the Ministry of Health, by pedaling a cycle. Sharing his views on the occasion, he [...]

15 03, 2019

99% of IDUs lack access to health, social services with dignity – UNAIDS


New report by UNAIDS highlights the urgent need to implement a human rights and evidence-informed approach to reach people who inject drugs with essential health services A report released by UNAIDS shows that despite a decline in new HIV infections globally, HIV incidence is not declining among people who inject drugs (1.4% worldwide in 2017). [...]

15 06, 2018

Are Standard Therapeutic Guidelines (STGs) needed in Pakistan?


The use of Standard Therapeutic Guidelines (STGs) is a time-tested evidence-based system that works well and improves patients’ therapeutic outcome. Non-compliance with the STGs results in high morbidity and inflated cost. In the USA, non-compliance with STGs costs $100 billion every year. STGs are also called as clinical arrangements, treatment conventions, best-rehearse rules, and organized [...]

15 10, 2016

People with mental illness, victims of social bias – Experts


Only 400 trained psychiatrists for nearly 50 million people with common mental disorders in Pakistan There is a perception that people with mental illness are violent, look different from others, can never get better or cannot be productive members of society. These inaccurate and misleading stereotypes impact adversely on people's struggle to cope with their [...]

16 03, 2016

World Health Day – Measures urged to counter Antibiotics Resistance


Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine,  However, up to 50% of the time antibiotics are not optimally prescribed, often done so when not needed or incorrect dosing or duration,’ said health experts in briefing arranged by Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP), “Antibiotic Resistance: Act Today [...]

15 07, 2015

Initiative launched to address street based drugs users


Office of the Commissioner, Karachi and Nai Zindagi with support from the GF launched a new initiative to address the issue of street based people who use drugs in Karachi. In the launching ceremony, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Commissioner, Karachi sharing his views on the occasion stressed the need of rights based drug treatment and rehabilitation [...]

15 04, 2015

Meeting to discuss pharmaceutical industry issues


A Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination was held recently in the office of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Society (SMCHS), Karachi under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA to analyze the working performance of the Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL), Karachi [...]

15 08, 2014

Emotions – Changing Minds


By Fauzia Saeed, Psychologist VCCTC, PRCS Punjab Branch.LHR In psychology and philosophy, emotion is a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psycho physiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation. The physiology of emotion is closely linked to arousal of the [...]

15 07, 2014

Measles still a menace to society


Prevention is better than Cure” is the crux of the tale shared by a Family who have seen the horrifying effects of the disease    By Azhar Nisar Sheikh, Health Education Officer, Federal EPI Cell “A small insect bite or an ordinary rash on my children gives me a nightmare now” says Muhammad Younis a [...]

15 02, 2014

Meeting with Commissioner Office Karachi and Corporate/Private Sector


By Muhammad Fareed UNAIDS - Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS and National AIDS Control Program (NACP) regards partnerships with corporate entities as key partners and adopts a range of additional strategies for engaging with employers’ organizations, business coalitions, public and private sector enterprises, foundations, etc. in order to enhance private sector engagement in [...]

15 10, 2013

Need of Applied Medical Ethics in Pakistan


Prof. Dr. Sumbul Shamim, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Principal, Dow College of Pharmacy, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi   “If we believe men have any personal rights at all as human beings, they have an absolute right to such a measure of good health as society, and society alone is able to [...]

15 09, 2013

Preparations and ongoing activities for outbreaks of Dengue Fever in Islamabad


Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Symptoms range from a mild [...]

15 08, 2013

Scoring drugs – Drugs that cause most harm


A new study suggests alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack MOST people would agree that some drugs are worse than others: heroin is probably considered to be more dangerous than marijuana, for instance. Because governments formulate criminal and social policies based upon classifications of harm, a new study published by the Lancet makes interesting reading. Researchers [...]

15 05, 2013

Joint action against spurious drugs needed to save human lives – Experts


Spurious and counterfeit medicines in Pakistan are a big problem and many deaths occur due to use of spurious drugs. Civil society, media, consumers and medicine manufacturers should join hands to stop the unchecked use of fake medicines in Pakistan. This was stated by caretaker Sindh Health Minister Dr. Junaid Ali Shah at a seminar [...]

15 03, 2013

WHO and Global Fund cite tuberculosis threat


World Health Organisation (WHO) and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said that strains of Tuberculosis with resistance to multiple drugs could spread widely and highlight an annual need of  at least US$ 1.6 billion in international funding for treatment and prevention of the disease. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, and Dr. [...]