Health

GLOBAL DISEASE: NEARLY 13 MILLION INFANTS WERE NOT VACCINATED IN 2016

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have found that 12.9 million infants, or nearly 1 in 10, around the world didn’t receive any vaccinations in 2016. Consequently, these infants missed the first dose of the combined vaccine against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3), which are potentially deadly diseases. Related: …

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RCB discovers dengue larvae at 48 spots

Sanitation staff of the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) on Wednesday recovered dengue larvae from 48 separate locations around the cantonment and registered criminal cases against six people. According to available details, the RCB authorities checked 2,104 houses and discovered larvae from 48 places. Ten places where larvae were found were …

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Dialysis unit starts functioning at THQ hospital

In a bid to provide free dialysis facility to kidney patients, the dialysis unit at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Samundri started functioning on Sunday. The unit was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani and Parliamentarians Shahbaz Baber, Rao Kashif Rahim and Arif Mehmood Gill. The dialysis unit had been established at …

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Pakistani Doctors caught mid way doing illegal kidney transplants

Bhalwal: When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables. The doctors were allowed to finish the operation then arrested, along with their assistants and the Omanis, …

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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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