A cure for Ebola?

Drugmakers are now pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into developing Ebola vaccines and cures with a clear and immediate need for these products, as an Associated Press story outlines today. But there’s even more that the federal government could be doing to nudge more drugmakers into funding such treatments, according to a health economist . . . → Read More: A cure for Ebola?

Ebola hit new York city doctor

A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned from West Africa recently has tested positive for Ebola at a New York City hospital, the city’s mayor confirmed.

The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement on Thursday.

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Ebola research was low priority for economic reasons

Capitalism, we are repeatedly told, is a highly efficient system that relies on the fundamental free-market principle that if there is a need, someone will step up to meet it. Every now and then, however, something happens that belies capitalism’s supposed efficiency – and makes you question the whole shebang.

This week it’s Ebola.

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Almost half of Pakistan’s population underfed

(By Maha Mussadaq) The condition of food security is still inadequate in 54 districts of Pakistan, with 48.6% of the total population deprived of sufficient food, said experts who had come to launch the “Right to Food Assessment” —  a 10-year review (2004-2014) earlier this week.

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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

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

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

Polio count jumps to 158

Pakistan’s polio crisis has pushed the country to a point of no return. From 145 cases on September 12, the national case count on Tuesday jumped to 158 when the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed 13 more wild type-1 polio cases in a single day.

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