Health

Rain puts dengue control officials on alert in Rawalpindi

The recent spell of rain has put dengue control officials on alert. The threat of dengue mosquito larvae multiplying in stagnant rain water has exacerbated calling for immediate action. District Officer(DO) Health Dr Amir Sheikh on Monday said that all out resources were being utilised for dealing with dengue spread …

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IBTA ‘fails to upgrade’ blood banks of public sector hospitals

Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA) has remained unsuccessful in up-grading the blood banks of public sector hospitals despite the fact that its role has been revived since 2011, an official told The Nation on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the legal role of IBTA and Safe Blood Transfusion Program (SBTP) is also a …

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Thousands of women suffer from obstetric fistula every year

One of the most serious injuries of childbirth, obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged, obstructed labour due to the lack of timely and adequate medical care. Moreover ill practiced midwives particularly in the far flung areas are also responsible for this untoward situation. These …

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Fata, K-P, Balochistan: Anti-polio drive kicks off today

Three-day anti-polio campaigns will kick off from today (Monday) in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan. Children with deficiency will also be given vitamin A capsules during the drive. In Fata, a total of 1.04 million children, under the age of five, will be vaccinated with oral …

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How not to fight Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease that has reached epidemic proportions in Karachi and is now spreading all over Sindh. Hundreds of people are turning up every day at government hospitals, clinics and other medical centres for help. And yet, there is little help available. Most doctors in Karachi do not …

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WHO team arrives in Karachi to help prevent Chikungunya

A nine-member delegation of the World Health Organisation reached Karachi Tuesday to help health authorities prevent the Chikungunya disease from spreading in the metropolis. As many as 250 people have been tested positive for the Chikungunya virus in the city so far, prompting concerns among the authorities to prevent the …

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Woes at PIMS: Patients decry lack of doctors

Patients visiting the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Friday demanded that the authorities take notice of what they claimed were the frequent absence of senior doctors and non-observance of duty-roster by medical and non-medical staff at the hospital. They were of the view that there should be a …

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‘27pc deaths in children can be prevented through vaccination’

As world marks global immunisation week, Pakistan is battling with very low coverage of immunisation and vaccination, with Sindh standing at less than 30 percent coverage, revealed health experts at a press briefing here on Tuesday. Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA), Sindh President Professor Jamal Raza said that without vaccines, epidemic …

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Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan asked to join hands against malaria

The World Health Organisation has called for a joint block by Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan to reduce incidence of malaria in Fata and Balochistan, both sharing 80 per cent of the nationwide cases of the disease. “Strengthening cross-border collaboration among these bordering countries is an opportunity to reduce high level …

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