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
(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
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.
With a meeting of . . . → Read More: Polio count jumps to 158
A polio campaign in Bajaur Agency plans to vaccinate 225,286 children, Agency Surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told the media on Monday. A similar drive in Khyber Agency plans to administer the oral polio vaccine to 127,000 children.
According to Hussain, 1,600 polio workers escorted by security officials will participate. The agency surgeon said clerics, . . . → Read More: Polio vaccinations to help 350000 more children
An experimental vaccine against dengue fever being developed by Sanofi proved about 60 percent effective in its second large clinical trial. The results could clear the way for the introduction of the world’s first inoculation against the disease, which is mosquito-borne and becoming an increasing threat.
. . . → Read More: Dengue vaccine to be made public soon
Public Health Agency of Canada says 3 scientists in good health and at low risk of contracting virus.
Canada is sending a charter plane to repatriate scientists who have been operating the country’s mobile Ebola laboratory in Sierra Leone.
Ebola outbreak: it’s not the virus but Africa that’s changed Ebola virus genome . . . → Read More: Ebola crisis: Canda sends plane to Sierra Leone to repatriate scientists
The first British citizen to contract the Ebola virus has arrived at a London hospital for treatment.
The unidentified male health care worker contracted the virus in Sierra Leone.
He was evacuated from the West African country Sunday and flown in a specially equipped military aircraft to a British . . . → Read More: Ebola reaches London Hospital as a patient arrives
Canada says it will donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help battle the disease’s outbreak in West Africa.
It comes after the World Health Organization said it was ethical to use untested drugs on Ebola patients.
However, experts say supplies of both the vaccine, and experimental drug . . . → Read More: Canada to donate 1,000 doses of experimental Ebola vaccine to curb the growth of the virus in West Africa
Brain disorders including mental, neurological and substance-use conditions amount to 13 per cent of the global burden of disease, surpassing both cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many of these disorders are preventable and treatable if we act without delay.
Shifa’s consultant and head of neurology department Dr. Maimoona Siddiqui stated this while . . . → Read More: Brain disorders amount to 13% of global disease burden