Pakistan’s water crisis

BACK in 2011, the American actor George Clooney recalled asking Barack Obama to identify the one thing that kept him up at night.

“Pakistan,” replied the US president.

Obama did not elaborate. We can assume, however, that he was alluding to the various nightmare scenarios that spooked Washington officialdom back then, including loose nukes and . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s water crisis

500 Baloch patients to benefit from free stents

The Balochistan government will provide free stents for 500 deserving patients in two hospitals of Quetta.

Provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch said at a ceremony held to inaugurate the provision of stents and other items worth Rs250,000 each to the deserving patients of Bolan Medical Complex and Sandeman Civil Hospital that angioplasty service . . . → Read More: 500 Baloch patients to benefit from free stents

Our National Sport

If Pakistanis want to excel in their national sport it should be formally changed from hockey to blame-game. As the death toll in Karachi crosses over 1000, there are not enough beds in the hospitals and no space left in morgues and graveyards. To state the obvious, there is a lack of emergency . . . → Read More: Our National Sport

Korea’s battle with MERS

SOME diseases cause political as well as health problems—and so it is with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea. Nine people have died, 122 more have been infected and the authorities have put over 2,800 people into quarantine, including an entire village, Jangduk, south of Seoul.

But the country is fighting two wars, . . . → Read More: Korea’s battle with MERS

Preventable public health disaster

THE scene at the hospital emergency room has been overwhelming in the past three days — humanity arriving by the hundreds in wheelchairs, stretchers or carried on shoulders or in arms; young, old, men, women, children, all swarming into the confines of an overly stretched unit. Some are disoriented or confused, some are having seizures . . . → Read More: Preventable public health disaster

Fasting has many health benefits

(By Honor Whiteman) A new study published in Cell Metabolism suggests following a calorie-restricted diet that mimics fasting for just 5 days a month for 3 months may promote longevity and reduce a number of risk factors for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Study co-author Valter D. Longo, of the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology . . . → Read More: Fasting has many health benefits

Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Nearly 300 have died in four major hospitals in the port city of Karachi, the provincial capital, a senior health official, Saeed Mangnejo, told the media.

Meteorological officials say the temperature in Karachi reaches 45 degrees which is a record since 1979.

Head of the Karachi’s main state-run Jinnah Hospital, Dr Semi Jamal, said 200 . . . → Read More: Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Quetta getting contaminated water supply

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has directed the chief secretary to investigate claims of sewage mixing with drinking water and contaminating piped supplies in Quetta.

The issue was placed before the Balochistan Assembly by PMLN-N legislator Rahila Hameed Durrani. She pointed out that some water pipelines of WASA were contaminated after sewage leaks . . . → Read More: Quetta getting contaminated water supply

Heatwave in Sindh claims 136 lives

Despite the Met office’s academic conclusion about Karachi’s weather sliding down a notch, a devastating heatwave gripping Sindh for several days has taken a toll of at least 136 people in the province — 132 only in the metropolis. Most of them were pronounced dead at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), officials said on . . . → Read More: Heatwave in Sindh claims 136 lives

India’s air causing permanent lung damage

FOR weeks the breathing of my 8-year-old son, Bram, had become more labored, his medicinal inhaler increasingly vital. And then, one terrifying night nine months after we moved to this megacity, Bram’s inhaler stopped working and his gasping became panicked.

My wife called a friend, who . . . → Read More: India’s air causing permanent lung damage