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Excessive use of gas heaters in rooms can cause health hazard: Expert

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ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Tuesday warned citizens to take extra caution when trying to heat up their homes, with cold weather dipping down all across the country as this action can cause a number of death and health complications to them.

In an interview, they advised that day to day occurrence of gas leakage incidences can be avoided by making public aware of the preventive measures.

“Keeping a home warm isn’t as simple as the press of a button. It requires gas and using gas can be dangerous. If there’s a clog in the chimney or piping system, instead of removing carbon monoxide, it can blow it back into a home, Health expert Dr Javed Malik said.

Expert also say citizens should have their heating system checked annually to make sure everything is firing on all cylinders.

Expert said that burning smell is completely normal and nothing to worry about, but there are some instances where it can mean trouble.

He said, make sure that all the components like the heater, regulator and hose connectors of your unit are well-maintained.

Do not use aerosols or flammable cleaning liquids or sprays in close proximity to the heater and avoid sitting or standing too close to your heater, it might feel nice but gas burns are no joke, he added.

As majority of the people use gas heaters in airtight rooms during the winter season which resulted in gas poisoning and might lead to death due to the absence of adequate fresh oxygen intake.

Expert mentioned the dryness appearance may be enhanced by using heaters and blowers and it could sometimes lead to eyes and skin irritations.

In case of eyes it may then lead to conjunctivitis while the skin can become itchy and then develop an allergy, Dr added.

While keeping heaters off may not be possible in the wake of severe cold conditions, he advised that a mug of water can be kept near the heater so that the temperature level of the room could maintained.

Dr Javed said that an individual is rendered completely helpless without feeling the harm thus becoming unconscious during sleep and ultimately die.

“If the level of carbon monoxide in a room goes above the `safe levels’, people with heart disease may get chest pain or angina,” he said adding smokers with heart disease are particularly at risk. “Young children and the elderly may also be affected,” he added.

Be careful about using gas heater especially if anyone has heart disease asthma or is elderly he concluded.

“Make sure children are kept well away from heaters and should never be left unattended,” said Dr. “When you’re ready to go to sleep, it’s time to turn off your electric and gas heater.”

 

 

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NIH issues alert on epidemic-prone infectious diseases

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ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued Seasonal Awareness and Alert Letter (SAAL) for epidemic-prone infectious diseases in Pakistan.
According to an official of NIH, the main purpose of this alert was to inform all concerned health authorities and professionals at all levels and to facilitate them for timely and efficient response to the outbreaks or epidemics.
He said this alert letter was developed for the spring season from March to June 2019. In this letter, NIH exhibited patterns of high priority communicable diseases including Chikungunya, Cholera, CCHF, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Measles, Polio and Pertussis.
These diseases are predicted to be on high alert during the season while alert also contains a detailed introduction of diseases, case definitions, infectious agents, modes of transmission, case management, and prevention. 
Through this letter, NIH also informed about national and international public health events like Typhoid Fever (Extensively Drug Resistance strain) and Naegleria fowleri as national while Ebola Virus Disease and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) considered as International events during the spring season.
He said the NIH also advised the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders to take keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.
There is additional information regarding ‘Mosquito Alert Pakistan app’ also included in this letter. NIH has recently launched its first-ever android based application which will help to collect information about mosquito species present in different areas.   
The institute also issued an advisory regarding pollen allergy and suggested various preventive steps during the pollen season including limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, keeping windows and doors closed, limiting close contact with pets and using filter masks while going outside.

 

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Free medical camp held at Mohmand

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PESHAWAR: Directorate Health Services Tribal Districts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday organized a free medical camp in the far-flung area of Yakaghund, R.H.C hospital at Mohmand tribal district.
As many as 530 patients were examined in the camp which included children, men women and elderly people of the community.
Dr. Sanam Gul and tribal district Engineer Faizan Khan, Sadiqeen and Programme Coordinator Shah Faisal Kaka Khel personally supervised the camp and ensured the quality service to maximum people.
He said such camp would be conducted throughout the tribal belt with the support of Health Directorate and Greenstar. Tribal District Doctors include Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Mati Ullah, Dr. Ajmal, National Programme Coordinator Dr. Pervez Iqbal, Lady Dr. Faiza Rehman, Lady Dr. Lubna also paid a visit to the camp where consultation, screening, counseling, check up and registration of the patients were done.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah Khan told media men that community was in dire need of such services and the Greenstar was effectively catering to those needs.
The camp held under the Greenstar Project and supported by KFW was one of its kind which not only included free consultation and medicine provision but family planning services and on the spot counseling.

 

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Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed

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Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed

KARACHI: A coordination meeting of all related departments, chaired by Commissioner Sukkur Rafique Ahmed Buriro on Thursday reviewed the arrangements made for upcoming anti-polio drive in the district.

The meeting was attended by Police officials, representatives of PPHI, WHO, educational institutions and officials of allied departments of the administration.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Commissioner said that coordinated efforts were underway to eradicate the menace of polio once for all.

All related departments were participating in the anti-polio drive and using all available resources to make the campaign more effective and successful, he added.

He urged the polio teams to work with more commitment and dedication to achieve 100 percent results.

The administration also urged the parents and citizens to get their children vaccinated against the polio and root out the crippling disease forever.

The meeting also discussed security arrangements for the polio teams.

 

 

 

 

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