Woman blames KPK government for child’s misshaped appendix operation

The mother of five-year-old Kashan Ahmad is a protester and seeks justice from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan against those doctors of a government hospital in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa who according to her did something wrong during an appendix operation and made her child abnormal.

She came with her husband and two children from Mianwali in . . . → Read More: Woman blames KPK government for child’s misshaped appendix operation

Pakistan takes Ebola threat very seriously, prepared

Despite the low risk of Ebola outbreak in Pakistan, the federal government has chalked out a comprehensive plan in coordination with the provinces, UN agencies and the Pakistan Army to tackle the disease if any case emerges in the country.

“Although not a single case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in Pakistan, . . . → Read More: Pakistan takes Ebola threat very seriously, prepared

133 years old Punjab University to be further improved

University of the Punjab turned 133 on Sunday.

Dr Mujahid Kamran, the 43rd vice chancellor of the university expressed his resolve to improve the PU’s worldwide ranking by promoting research and to depoliticise the campus.

He said no pressure tactics by a political group, whether from among teachers or students, would be allowed to . . . → Read More: 133 years old Punjab University to be further improved

Karachi: a neglected hub

By Arif Hasan

 

Karachi is a rich city. It feeds, houses, provides water, electricity, transport and health and education facilities (however inadequate) to over 20 million people. It also provides support through remittances to an even larger population. Few cities in the world are capable of doing this. However, Karachi has become an ugly . . . → Read More: Karachi: a neglected hub

Polio count reaches 187

The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed another three wild Type 1 polio cases in Pakistan, taking the country’s national case count to 187 so far this year.

All the three children affected by polio are from Khyber Agency. Aliya (9), daughter of Gulab Khan from area Aka Khel, village Kalanga, . . . → Read More: Polio count reaches 187

Getting rid of VIP-isation

By Naeem Sadiq

Some three years ago, I received an invitation from an NGO to attend a school function at a five-star hotel, where the chief guest was to be the Sindh minister for education. I regretted joining the event after realising that the NGO could exercise austerity by holding the function at . . . → Read More: Getting rid of VIP-isation

Millennium Development Goals; scrutinizing Pakistan’s performance

By Zubeida Mustafa

With Pakistan more concerned about the existential threat it faces, one is hardly surprised that not much is heard of the MDGs — those elusive eight points called the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2000 to be met in 15 years. The deadline is approaching and it . . . → Read More: Millennium Development Goals; scrutinizing Pakistan’s performance

Pakistan’s family planning deficit

Nearly one in every four births is unplanned in Pakistan, while 25 per cent of married women have an unmet need of family planning. This unmet need is reflected in the large number of abortions (890,000 per year) and women hospitalised with complications every year.

Pakistani women are having more children than they actually want, . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s family planning deficit

Mental health: The white elephant in Pakistan

(By Arif Mahmood) The most shamefully neglected health field in Pakistan, mental illness afflicts 10 – 16 per cent of the population; with a large majority of those affected being women.

According to the WHO, only 400 psychiatrists and 5 psychiatric hospitals exist within the entire country for a population exceeding 180 million. This roughly . . . → Read More: Mental health: The white elephant in Pakistan

“Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Dozens of students, some in uniform, and parents gathered in front of Islamabad Model College for Girls F-10/2 demanding opening of their schools. Thousands of policemen from the provinces brought in by the government to control protesters have been living in around twenty-seven schools and colleges for the past one month. “Please vacate our schools,” . . . → Read More: “Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad