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Only 0.9 percent GDP spent on health

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RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Aamer Mehmood Kiani said that unfortunately, no former government gave priority to the health sector as 0.9 percent of GDP was invested in the healthcare.

The Minister said that the issue of mother and child hospital was taken up in the Cabinet meeting which decided to complete the project on a special basis. “The building assessment is done and it is revealed that almost maximum structure is safe and able for further construction, adding that the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology will be completed soon,” he added. 

He was addressing 12th Convocation of Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU) where he distributed gold medals distinction certificates and degrees among 317 medical graduates here on Saturday. The Minister said that the incumbent govt was keen to upgrade the allied hospitals of the city and admitted the lack of facilities being provided to the patients. The young doctors serving in these hospitals were found in troubles who were managing the bulge of patients beyond their means whereas the govt will increase their remunerations, he added. 

The young doctors were not paid their house job allowances which made it difficult for the newcomers to manage their expenses after the Supreme Court orders the Universities would now pay their allowance for one year which was appreciable, the minister remarked. “We are revamping Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) which is not serving the masses up to the mark. A new board of doctors will be formed to look after the Council in a befitting way.

However, we have also overhauled DRAP to improve the conditions of medicines provided to the patients,” the health minister said. He thanked former Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for retrieving billions worth encroached land of hospitals in the Federal Capital where new hospitals would be constructed. He said that former govt were paying Rs 2000 billion interest on loans per year which was enough to develop the nation and to mitigate the 25 million out of school children ratio. 

He said that it had been proposed to impose a smoking tax which was roughly about Rs 30 to Rs 35 billion and would be spent on improving the health sector. He said that health cards issued to poor masses would also help generate income sources for not only pharmaceuticals rather doctors as well. “We are going to introduce Insurance for the doctors which will provide them financial assistance,” he added. 

In his welcome address, Vice Chancellor RMU, Prof Dr. Muhammad Umar said that Rawalpindi Medical University was committed to providing excellent education in medicine at par with international standards. The University was the pioneer public sector medical institution in Punjab to implement successfully Integrated Modular undergraduate medical curriculum for First Year MBBS class 2017-18 and its university examination had also been conducted on Modular pattern which was exemplary being first in Punjab, he added.

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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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