LAHORE: The World Health Organisation (WHO) will extend full cooperation to Pakistan and all types of technical assistance would be provided to the Punjab TB Control Programme (PTP) for achieving the target of eradication of TB by 2030.
For the purpose, all relevant departments, institutions, social and corporate sectors have to work together with the multi-sectoral approach.
These views were expressed during the meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) TB Mission, which came from Geneva, along with the Punjab TB Control Programme officials.
The WHO TB Mission from Geneva, Switzerland, and Cairo, Egypt is on four days visit to Pakistan to review the steps taken by the local authorities for achieving the target to eradicate TB from the country.
WHO’s delegation consisted of Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, Dr. Christian Gunneberg, Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Regional Advisor WHO and Dr. Irfan, WHO’s local representative. Additional Director PTP Dr. Asif, Dr. Usman, and Development Operations Manager Zubair Ahmad were also present.
While giving a detailed presentation to the delegation regarding the arrangements and steps taken for TB control, Provincial Director Dr Zarfishan Tahir said that at present 108 gene expert machines had been installed at the public sector health facilities for diagnosis of tuberculosis and very soon 45 more would be included in the system to complete the target of installation of 170 gene expert machines.
Moreover, 11 specialized centers have been established in tertiary care hospitals for the treatment of drug-resistant TB patients (DRT).
Dr. Zarfishan said that eight BSL II Labs and an Ultra-modern Bio Safety Level III Laboratory has been established in Lahore for performing most complicated tests. She said that 700 micro labs are also available in the health facilities in the province.
She said that LHWs were also contributing a lot to search of missing TB patients in addition to their own duties. Online reporting system installed in the hospitals, called Electronic Medical Reporting System, through which reporting, registration and data collection of such patients becomes much easier.
This system has been prepared by the PITB. The ratio of complete cure of common TB is 92 percent whereas this ratio in MDRT is 63%. Some patients escaped without completing their treatment of six months and became DRT case.
Director PTP informed the WHO TB Mission that on the direction of Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, HIV tests of TB patients have also been carried out and so far 90,000 registered TB patients have gone through this test.
The WHO mission also called on Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar and held a meeting with Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid. The delegation expressed their satisfaction over the political commitment shown by the high dignitaries towards TB eradication.
The WHO Mission also visited Bio-Safety Level-III Lab. on Birdwood Road and witnessed the latest equipment and the facilities in the laboratory.
Land given for establishment of King Hamad University
ISLAMABAD: CDA today handed over possession of the 237 kanals land for the establishment of the King Hamad University of Nursing and Associated Medical Sciences, in Chatha Bakhtawar, Park Road to the Ministry of National Health Services and Regulations Coordination.
The joint operation was carried out by CDA and Islamabad Capital Administration (ICT) to vacate site area from the locals after compensating them against their acquired land and Built-up-Properties. The operation was participated by the entire staff of Enforcement Directorate, officers of ICT, senior officers, and staff of Land and Rehabilitation Directorate, officers and a heavy contingent of Islamabad police while anti-riot unit and Rangers were also deputed to cater any unpleasant situation, said a news release here. During the operation, 15 Built-up-Properties present in the site area of the university were demolished and 17 families were given allotment letters of alternate plots in lieu of their demolished Built-up-Properties.
Furthermore, CDA also made arrangements to pay compensation amounts on the spot and cheques were distributed among the people from whom the land was acquired. Moreover, three guard rooms, two car sheds, animal sheds, and other constructions were also demolished from the university site. All process was completed amicably, peacefully and no untoward situation arose during the whole process. After vacation, the land was handed over to the concerned department to trigger university work. Moreover, a camp office has also been established at the site to facilitate affectees of the remaining area at the doorstep.
Producing medicine using local raw material
LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmeen Rashid said on Wednesday that present government would fully support the pharmaceutical industry and efforts would be made to produce raw material used in manufacturing medicines locally to reduce imports.
She expressed these views while talking to media persons during her visit to 8th Pak Pharma & Healthcare Expo here at Expo Centre, where organizer Director Prime Event Kamran Abbasi welcomed her. The Minister added that these steps would not only enhance pharma exports but also help reduce the prices of drugs. She said that present government was laying greater focus on the health of infants and mothers, adding, “We are constructing five new maternity centers and refurbishing the existing hospitals and healthcare centers for the wellbeing of citizens.” Congratulating the organizers of the expo, Dr. Yasmeen Rashid said that the PTI government would provide every possible support to the industry. She was of the view that the production of raw material in Pakistan could improve the economic viability of the industry. “The initiative can also lead to a reduction in prices of medicines and enhancement of pharmaceutical exports. We do have each type of skills and only need to merge these,” she observed. To a question, the minister said the energy policy took wrong turns in the past as gas was supplied to the transport sector could have been provided to the pharma industry. She recalled the energy crisis led to rendering two million workers jobless only in Faisalabad in the past, adding the existing government had recently extended full support to the gas industry. The expo would continue till Thursday 17th of January.
6th Multidisciplinary Robotic Surgery Workshop
KARACHI: Three-day multidisciplinary international workshop on minimal invasive robotics (MIR) surgery will open at SIUT here today.
The workshop, sixth in the series of relevant category, was said to be part of an ongoing MIR surgical conference at SIUT that itself was of significant importance in the healthcare system of the country. It is for the first time that uses of robotic surgery in the fields of urology, gynecology, and general surgery is being carried out in a hospital, said the organizers here today.
Internationally acclaimed surgeons Prof Shamim Khan of King’s College, Prof Matin Khalid Sheriff from Guy and St Thomas Hospital of London and Dr. Tariq Tasaddaq Consulting Urologist from University
College London will conduct these workshops. Others to join them during the three-day exercise were said to be Dr. Faiz Mumtaz Consultant Urologist of Royal Free Hospital London, Prof. Amjad Pervaiz from NHS Foundation Trust and Kankipati Shanti
Raju, consulting gynecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospitals of London. Robotics surgery considered to be the surgery of the future in the world of medical sciences was described as an enormously beneficial procedure for any surgical patient as it is less invasive and patients are discharged early as compared to the traditional surgical procedure.
Tertiary care hospitals the world over prefers to acquire the skills of this technology as a part of keeping themselves abreast with new technology in specialized fields said SIUT officials. The event was mentioned to be organized in collaboration with Civil Hospital Karachi and Dow University of Health Sciences.