10 12, 2023

Medical waste incinerator launched in Islamabad: Pakistan’s pathway to sustainable development


        By Nur-UL-Ainnie Kazi, Health Officer, ICT/CDA, Federal Directorate of Immunization, Islamabad Environmentally friendly incinerator given the green light by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Coordination, Pakistan. A cutting- edge medical facility envisioned to be a game changer as an environmental footprint in the hospital waste management system, as Pakistan [...]

9 12, 2023

High-level Meeting of Pakistan’s Task Force on Polio Eradication held


Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar tasked authorities to prepare an emergency polio eradication plan for the next year to target high-risk areas, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by poliovirus mainly affecting children under the age of ten years. It invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis [...]

15 06, 2019

No link between vaccination efforts, spread of HIV


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

Education, health sectors given boost in Sindh budget


Government of Sindh announced education and health departments to be on its top priority for the next fiscal year raising budgetary expenditures in both the sectors. EDUCATION The allocation for school education has been increased from Rs170.832 billion to Rs178.618 billion in the financial year 2019-20. Whereas, on development side, Rs15.15 billion have been allocated [...]

15 06, 2018

EPI is an integral part of health program – Mayor Islamabad


Mayor Islamabad, Sheikh Anser Aziz addressing Capacity Building Workshop has said that Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) as an integral part of health program. Health Service Directorate of MCI is ensuring that vaccinators should reach every housing unit to immunize every child of the city so that healthy generation could be made. For this purpose, [...]

15 05, 2018

Approx. 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines – Experts


Approximately 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines. Immunization is estimated to save 2-3 million lives every year. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. These views were expressed by experts of Pakistan Pediatric Association while addressing a press briefing to observe World Immunization Week held recently [...]

15 05, 2018

Pakistan becomes first country to launch Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine


A new typhoid conjugate vaccine is to be added to the national Expanded Programme for Immunization following new evidence about the threat posed by a strain of typhoid that is extremely difficult to treat with antibiotics. An outbreak of extensively-drug resistant (XDR) typhoid in Hyderabad has already affected many children. Research from Aga Khan University [...]

15 04, 2018

Sindh introduced Rotavirus Vaccines in EPI routine immunisation


The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Sindh has introduced Rotavirus Vaccine in routine immunization schedule of the EPI, in a ceremony held at EPI Office on Friday, 30th March ‘2018. Sindh Secretary Health Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, administrated the rotavirus vaccine to children and announced induction of vaccine in routine immunization. He said that Diarrhea is a leading cause of death in children. Statistics show [...]

15 12, 2017

IAG launches manual for Polio Eradication


The Islamic Advisory Group launched a Training Manual titled ‘Polio Eradication, Mother and Child Health and Immunization’. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan, the manual provides practical guidance on how to engage local communities to advocate for vaccination as well as other maternal and child healthcare issues. The launching of the Training Manual [...]

15 08, 2016

Meeting of provincial task force on Polio


Meeting of provincial task force on Polio Chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Siddiq Memon. Also present in the meeting are Prime Ministers Focal Person on Polio Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Chairperson Monitoring and Oversight Committee Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, National Technical Consultant Dr. Altaf Bosan, Coordinator EOC Sindh Fayaz Jatoi, Technical Focal Person Sindh Dr. [...]

15 11, 2015

VEP arranges its 2nd Meeting


Med Rev Report Members of Vaccine Expert Panel: Dr. Ejaz A. Khan (General Secretary) - Islamabad, Prof. Iqbal Memon – Karachi, Prof. Ashraf Sultan – Lahore, Prof. Sajid Maqbool – Lahore, Dr. Naseer Uddin Mahmood – Karachi, Prof. Nadeem Khawar – Peshawar, Prof. Haider Sherazi – Islamabad, Prof. Gen. Salman Ali – Islamabad & Dr. [...]

15 05, 2015

Thalassaemia and Blood Transfusion System – Development of a National Thalassaemia Policy


Prof. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme,  M/o National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, Government of Pakistan The international thalassaemia community has designated May 8th as the World Thalassemia Day. The Day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness about this disease, commemorate the thalassaemia patients who are no longer with us [...]

15 05, 2015

EOC/EPI world immunization day activities


Patients Helping Hands in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and EPI launched a 2-days awareness campaign in lieu of World Immunization Week recently at National Institute of Child Health, Karachi. A Conference was also arranged with multiple eminent paediatricians discussing various aspects of immunization, its significance, the current statistics of the country and the future eradication [...]

15 09, 2014

High time for health planners to institute comprehensive strategy to provide healthcare to the participants of protest rallies to safeguard them from the risk of communicable and other diseases


By Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Epidemiologist, Islamabad Attention of Health Authorities is needed to make interventions for basic health needs/ threats for the participants of the two protest rallies. Their stay is prolonged for an indefinite period hence they can be declared Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of war and strife. The participants include women and [...]

15 09, 2014

Is Health a Basic Human Right?


By Dr. Marriam Gul Thaheem Health care is one of the basic needs of human like air water and food. Everyone has right to attain the highest standard of physical and mental health, without any social and gender discrimination. Health care system clearly encompasses the preventive health care system for example health immunization. Public health care [...]