Health Efforts Need a Catalyst

Since 1990, the world has cut extreme poverty, child mortality and malaria deaths by half. We’ve nearly halved maternal mortality, and new HIV infections are down 40 percent. In countless ways, people around the world are living healthier, better lives than ever before.

There are many reasons for this progress. Technology has advanced. Economies have . . . → Read More: Health Efforts Need a Catalyst

Doctors in a Fix

Initially, seven doctors mustered up the courage to speak up about certain unidentified people blackmailing them through stolen social media and mobile phone data. Now, more women doctors and medical students have come up with complaints about being blackmailed by some unidentified people.

Dr Salman Kazmi, a complainant in the case, says over 200 women . . . → Read More: Doctors in a Fix

Pakistan’s Water Problem: 80% unfit for drinking

Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on Tuesday told Senate Standing Committee of Science and Technology that not a single city of the country has 100 percent potable ground water, as 80 percent of it is unfit for drinking and injurious to health.

“A survey conducted in 24 major cities of the country . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s Water Problem: 80% unfit for drinking

No Polio Case Reported for a year in Africa

It has been one full year since polio was detected anywhere in Africa, a significant milestone in global health that has left health experts around the world quietly celebrating.

The goal had seemed tantalizingly close in recent years, but polio always managed to roar back, particularly . . . → Read More: No Polio Case Reported for a year in Africa

Role of Timing in an Epidemic Treatment

Last year, scientists launched a trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Guinea. On Friday, they reported great news: The vaccine works well, providing remarkable protection just 10 days after injection.

“We have to stop and celebrate the fact that an innovative trial design was . . . → Read More: Role of Timing in an Epidemic Treatment

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

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