15 02, 2024

WHO International Pathogen Surveillance Network launched with $4m in donor funding


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced US$ 4 million in funding from donors to create a catalytic grant fund for organizations working in pathogen genomic surveillance. The fund will support projects across the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to pilot projects and in doing so, create an evidence base for how to quickly [...]

31 12, 2023

Pakistan to host its first-ever Global Health Security Summit


A high-level meeting in this connection was held at the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Islamabad which was chaired by Federal Secretary Health, Iftikhar Shallwani, to review the preparations for the global moot. Director General of Health, Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Kazi brief the meeting informed that the summit will include various health [...]

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 03, 2019

Residents of France Colony to get free treatment services


Federal Minister National Health Services, Aamer Mehmood Kiani launched free screening, testing and treatment services for the residents of slum area of France Colony in Islamabad. He expressed these views during his visit to special Free Camp established by the Ministry of Health, Islamabad. On the occasion, he said that the government is cognisant of [...]

15 12, 2017

Fungal Infections emerging as public health concern – Experts


Dermatologists and skin specialists have said that common fungal infections are now becoming leading cause of patients visiting skin clinics and hospitals. Despite the prevalence of such infections and the fact that 3.2 million Pakistanis are living with infections such as keratitis, which can cause blindness, and the life-threatening Candida auris infection whereas there is [...]

15 11, 2013

Pneumonia kills one child every 30 seconds


Pneumonia, a killer disease is the biggest cause of child mortality around the globe, killing a child every 30 seconds. It contributes 18% of the total global child deaths and Pakistan is the first South Asian country to include Pneumococcal vaccine in its national immunisation programme, Dr Iqbal Memon, President Pakistan Paediatric Association and Dr. [...]

15 04, 2013

Timely vaccination could save 100,000 children yearly


Nearly 100,000 children under the age of five die every year due to preventable diseases like pneumonia, tetanus and measles in Pakistan. This makes up to a whopping 20 percent of the total 435,000 deaths of children in Pakistan. These diseases can easily be ward off with the timely vaccination of children. These views were [...]

15 04, 2012

Recalls Threaten Public Confidence in Vaccines and Immunoglobulins


Quality defects and donor tissue history must be more carefully monitored to increase public acceptance if the biologics market is to succeed, according to a new report by business intelligence experts GBI Research. The new report* refers to the emerging pattern emerging in drug recalls over recent years, which shows that vaccines and immunoglobulins, in [...]