Karachi: dengue toll rises to 701

As many as 37 more dengue viral fever cases were reported from Karachi city in a week increasing the patients toll to 701 in 2015.

According to a report issued by Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh, at least 37 more dengue fever cases surfaced in the city in the last week and total number . . . → Read More: Karachi: dengue toll rises to 701

Choosing duty over comfort

Teaching primary school students brings joy to 43-year-old Yousaf Ali Khan who gave up a desk job at the education department to pursue his passion for it.

A native of Bannu, he has served the profession for 24 years. Khan is currently posted at Government Primary School, Badizai in Peshawar and teaches Islamic studies, math . . . → Read More: Choosing duty over comfort

Bangladesh: 24 killed in stampede

A stampede during a charity handout in Bangladesh has left at least 24 people dead, as hundreds of desperately poor people tried to get their hands on free clothing, police say.

The stampede in the northern city of Mymensingh erupted when crowds of people tried to force their way into a factory compound through . . . → Read More: Bangladesh: 24 killed in stampede

Only 8 days of military spending can achieve education goals: Malala

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged world leaders to cut “eight days of military spending” to give all children access to 12 years of free education.

About $39 billion (35 billion euros) would be needed each year to fund the schooling, according to an estimate from the laureate’s non-profit group – the . . . → Read More: Only 8 days of military spending can achieve education goals: Malala

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