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Patient of Swine flu surfaces in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: In the federal capital on Friday a patient of swine flu has been admitted to a private hospital.

Fahad Shah, 70, was diagnosed with Swine flu and is currently under observation.

He has been moved to the hospital’s isolation ward where even his family is not allowed to visit.

Shah’s doctor told media, the condition of Fahad Shah was critical.

He said the disease was caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms of swine flu include fever, sore throat, flu, headache, body ache, cough and upper respiratory tract infection.

He said the virus is transmitted by ticks and direct contact between animals, and can also travel via contaminated food, animal feed and people moving from one place to another.

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Int’l Day Against Drug Abuse to be marked on Wednesday

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ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the globe, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will be marked on June 26 across the globe including Pakistan to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control.

The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.

In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches.

The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or gold against a light purple background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Health card distribution from June 20

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Health card distribution from June 20

MUZAFFARGARH: Health card distribution would start from June 20 here, said coordinator Syed Zohaib Ali.

A total of 35 distribution centers would be set up across the district to provide facility to 428,304 needy people. Fourteen centers were being set up in tehsil Muzaffargarh,six in tehsil Alipur, 14 in tehsil Kot Addu and five in tehsil Jatoi.

Residents of the district aspiring for the card would have to send their ID card number at 8500 to get details. They would get health facility worth Rs. 720,000 annually through the card to be distributed free of cost, Zohaib said.

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Over 27,000 new TB cases reported every year

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ISLAMABAD: The number of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) was increasing in Pakistan as estimated 27,000 new cases were being reported every year in the country.

According to an official of National Coordinator TB Control Programme, total TB cases incidence rate per year is 525,000 in  while the figure of TB cases under treatment is 368,589.

Sharing the official available data, he said that as many as 160,000 patients are missed from treatment while 56,000 deaths are occurred due to TB in Pakistan every year.

The official said that 1571 microscopy centers have been working in the country. He added TB treatment success rate is 93 percent.

He said that the government has paid special attention to this critical issue and strengthened the program for providing a free treatment to TB patients.

He said that more than three hundred thousand TB patients are benefiting free diagnostic and treatment facilities every year in Pakistan.

He said that more than 30 hospitals have been upgraded to take care of multi-drug resistant TB cases and 13 laboratories equipped with state of the art facilities are being established in various parts of the country.

He said that the government is committed to achieve the target of eliminating the disease from the country and sought support of all stakeholders in this regard.

He said that the government has planned several activities to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences and to step up efforts to end the disease epidemic.

He said that it was in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

He added every year TB day is observed on the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders to control the disease. He said that TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer.

Each day, nearly 4500 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease, he added.

He said that global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 54 million lives since the year 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 42%.

He added to accelerate the TB response in countries to reach targets heads of states came together and made strong commitments to end TB at the first-ever UN High Level Meeting in September 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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