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Health minister shows concern over growing TB cases

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LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid today expressed her concern over growing number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country.
She was speaking during her visit to Syed Muhammad Hussain Government TB Sanatorium Samli, Murree. “Every year more than half million new cases of TB are emerging in Pakistan and approximately 15,000 developing drug-resistant TB, making Pakistan fifth among TB high burden countries worldwide and it accounts for 61 per cent of the TB burden in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region,” she regretted.
While pointing out a recent report of World Health Organisation (WHO), she said: “I am sad to know that Pakistan is also estimated to have the fourth highest prevalence of multidrug-resistant TB globally,” said the minister.
Key reasons, she added, for the emergence of drug resistance form of TB include delay in diagnosis, unsupervised, inappropriate and inadequate drug regimes, poor follow-up and lack of a social support programme for high risk populations.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid stressed all factions of society to come ahead for an effective awareness drive to root out tuberculosis. “TB treatment programme DOTS was a ray of hope for patients; the problem was that patients usually stop using medicines due to which virus gets strong,” she noted. The minister visited all department of the sanatorium and expressed her satisfaction over services being provided there.

Relevant: South Korea said it will recall Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccines manufactured in Japan as arsenic, a toxic substance, was detected.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare stopped distribution of new BCG vaccine products in August after it found a low dose of arsenic in the vaccine’s physiological saline.

According to the ministry, a vaccine could contain up to 0.26 parts per million (ppm) of arsenic, 1/38 of the maximum amount allowed per day.

The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said a shot of the BCG vaccine contained up to 0.23 ppm of arsenic, exceeding South Korea’s standard of 0.1 ppm. It decided to recall the products as a precaution.

The Japan Medical Association held a press conference on Thursday to denounce the Japanese government’s late announcement on the arsenic-contained BCG vaccine for infants, according to Kyodo News. BCG vaccines are used against tuberculosis in infants.

Japan’s healthy ministry halted distribution of BCG vaccines, manufactured by Japan BCG Laboratory after it received a report that detected arsenic in the vaccine’s saline solution. It didn’t immediately announce the decision as it found that the level of arsenic concentration is minimal without the potential to cause harm.

The ministry’s research showed that arsenic was from the heated glass bottle that contained the BCG vaccine.

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Chaman: 800 patients treated gratis

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QUETTA: Local administration & Health Dept. have set up a day-long free medical camp here at Tuba Achakzai Dobandi, Killa Abdulla District today. 

Some 800 women, children, and men also received free medicines in the camp that was held on special directive of CM Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal and Health Minister Naseebullah Marri. Deputy Commissioner Chaman Shafqat Shahwani visited the camp and also monitored facilities of the free medical camp and inquire after the patients.
Local people including tribal leader and patients appreciated the health department on arranging free medical camp for needy patients and hoped that free services of treatments would be continued in other respective areas of the province by Health sector for the betterment of common people’s health.

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Big achievement in Robotic Surgery workshop

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KARACHI: A successful robotic surgical procedure was performed for the first time in Pakistan on a female patient hailing from Baluchistan carried out with the removing of her uterus on the concluding day of international multi-disciplinary “robotic surgery” workshop here today. 
She had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusion. The procedure called “hysterectomy in medical parlance was performed at, a 55-year-old lady patient. The patient will be discharged after 24 hours. The benefit of this new type of surgery Robotic surgeons team comprising Prof.Shamim Khan of King’s College London and Dr.Kankipati Shanti Raju from Guys and St Thomas Hospitals London performed the procedure along with a team of highly trained support staff. The robotic technique used during surgery was the first of its kind in the country.
Medical experts have described the successful procedure as a major breakthrough in the field of robotic surgery in Pakistan particularly in the field of gynecology. They said this success will open new vistas of robotic surgery in the country. SIUT had arranged here three-day international workshop discussing the impact and benefit of robotic surgery in the field of urology, general surgery, and gynecology. The three fields were exclusively discussed during the workshop in which live surgery was also conducted for three days and live telecast from OT Complex, Civil Hospital Karachi. The workshop was participated by a team of visiting surgeons from Britain along with surgeons from SIUT and Civil Hospital Karachi.
Surgeons during the workshop also discussed the initial high cost this state of art surgery but were of the opinion that keeping in view parameters of less pain, less loss of blood and a faster recovery as  compared to traditional surgery which became cost effective in long run underscores the need for greater use of robotic surgery in the highly selected centers in Pakistan shared amongst several specialties.

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International Pharmaceutical symposium to be held on Jan 30

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FAISALABAD: Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) will organize one-day 2nd International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Sciences here on January 30.

A spokesman of university told APP here Saturday that GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nasir Amin will grace the occasion as chief guest whereas foreigner speaker Associate Prof Dr. Pharkphoom Panichayupakaranant Director Phytomedicine & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Excellence Center Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University of Thailand will deliver keynote lecture, he added.

 

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