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Punjab Health Dept. finalizes rates of cardiac stents

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Punjab Health Dept. finalizes rates of cardiac stents

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Health Department has finalized new rates of cardiac stents.
According to its notification issued today, the central purchase committee supervised the bid of the cardiac stents. Afterward, the new rates were approved at Rs30,500 for drug-eluting stents and Rs13,250 for Bare Metal Stents, a news channel reported.

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Youth Envoys highlighting drug abuse trends

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Drug abuse in Pak schools, colleges and varsities

ISLAMABAD: The number of active youth ambassadors from different educational institutions throughout the country has crossed 5,000 mark under a programme launched to promote mass awareness and highlight emerging trends of drugs abuse, especially amongst students.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had launched the Youth Ambassador Programme a few years back which provides a platform for projecting young talent to channelize the role of youth, thus serving humanity and society.
The authorities concerned, in different operations in Federal Capital, have recovered 26.07 kg heroin, 198.36 kg charas, 0.009 kg cocaine and 5.130 kg opium. More than 80 cases have been registered in Islamabad during its special campaign, launched against drug peddlers and to stop the proliferation of drugs in educational institutions.
As per data, the two-pronged strategy was being pursued regarding halting of the proliferation of drugs i.e drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction while awareness activities against drug abuse have also been conducted.
The Ministry also took steps under which educational authorities were advised to establish their Internal Monitoring and Enforcement System. Cultivation of sources, informers, and acquisition of actionable intelligence in educational institutions has also been beefed up while coordination and liaison with schools, colleges, universities/institutions has been increased to check the inflow of drugs amongst the students.
Moreover, areas around educational institutions are being monitored on regular basis to stop/counter sale of drugs to students by peddlers/suppliers. The authorities also launched campaign/crackdown against drug peddlers involving police under Inter Agencies Task Force (IATF) forum while intelligence network of ANF has been expanded.
Students and heads of various institutions from all over the country were also invited at drug-burning ceremonies every year.
Mass awareness about harms of drugs amongst students, teachers and various administrative staff is being launched including delivering lectures, talks in schools, colleges and universities while visits of students and teachers are arranged to ANF outfits for awareness.
Similarly, as per awareness campaign, under training Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs) in National Police Academy were delivered (narcotics/synthetics) lectures by clinical psychologists and internationally certified professional trainers.
Sessions with officers and officials of National Highways and Motorways Police, Pakistan Girls Guide Association (PGGA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and other areas, the seminar on Drugs Abuse and Prevention at National University of Modern Language (NUML) and Awareness Walks in Islamabad and Murree were also arranged.

 

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French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

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PARIS: A French public health watchdog issued a warning only about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, particularly artificial perfumes, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their products.

The Anses health body stressed there was no medical study which had proved health problems caused by disposable diapers. But “we cannot exclude a risk… because we have recorded some substances that are above healthy limits,” the deputy director of the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (Anses), Gerard Lasfargues, told media.

The chemicals identified in the study – described as the first of its kind – including two artificial perfumes as well as other complex aromatic products that are refined from oil, and potentially dangerous dioxins. The French government called a meeting of nappy manufacturers on Wednesday morning and gave them 15 days to remove the products identified by the watchdog.

“I want to reassure parents: Anses says that there is no immediate risk for the health of our children,” Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said after the meeting. “Obviously we should continue putting nappies on our babies. We’ve been doing that for at least 50 years,” she said while adding that the report does not exclude “health risk for children in the long term”.

“That’s why as a precaution we want to protect our children from possible effects,” said Buzyn, who met the manufacturers along with the economy and environmental ministers. In a statement on Wednesday, market leader Pampers, which belongs to US consumer products group Procter & Gamble, said its diapers “are safe and have always been so.”

Scientists working for Anses tested 23 types of nappies in real-life conditions as they were worn by children, which it said was a world first. “We calculated the amount (of chemicals) absorbed, calculated according to the time a nappy is worn, the number of nappies worn by babies, up to 36 months, and then we compared the results with toxicology standards,” Lasfargues said. An average baby in France wears 3,800 to 4,800 nappies, Lasfargues said, with the potentially hazardous chemicals found even in products marketed as environmentally friendly.

 

 

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Pakistan Post tasked to distribute “Sehat Cards” to 8 mln people: Murad Saeed

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on Tuesday said that government has tasked Pakistan Post to distribute “Sehat Cards” to 8 million people across the country.

The minister informed the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Postal Services held here at Parliament House. Khushbakht Shujat, Chairperson of the committee headed the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Mushtaq Ahmad, Secretary Postal Services Pir Bakhsh Jamali and Director General Pakistan Post Dr. Naseer Ahmed Khan.

The committee was briefed on the preparation of plan by Pakistan Post for its betterment, progress, future plan and required legislation and its submission to the committee.

The minister said that all the encroached postal properties would be retrieved from the illegal occupants, adding that postal issues have been discussed at high level meeting and the plan was under implementation process.

He said that all the General Post Offices (GPOs) were interlinked and ministry was making efforts to expand process of digitization to all the postal networks.

Director General Pakistan Post informed the committee that target of 20% increase in revenue from Postal sector has been assigned to all field formations, adding that the case for enhancement of Postal tariff from Rs.8 to Rs. 20 is under process and will be submitted to the Cabinet shortly.

The officials said that standardized boxes for packing of parcels have been initiated.

The committee also raised the issue of encroached properties of postal services and recommended that all the encroached properties should be retrieved.

The committee also recommended that awareness campaign to be started regarding the postal services.

The committee also recommended that open kutcheries should be organized in various postal regions to improve its services.

Chairperson of the committee recommended that a modal post office should be constructed in Karachi.

 

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