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Feeling the Pulse of Health Sector in Pakistan

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June 15-30, 2017
Volume 18 Number 12


All thyroid operations done for proven or suspected
cancers should be extra capsular-Jatin Shah

KARACHI: On Day two, May 15th of the Fourth Surgical Week for Endocrine Diseases held at JPMC from May 14-17th 2017 Prof. Jatin Shah from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from New York United States made a presentation on Selective Surgical Treatment for differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Its incidence and mortality, he said, is rising in United States. Over the years we have not reduced mortality from thyroid cancer.

Punjab announces 635 Billion Biggest
ever Development Budget

LAHORE: Government of Punjab has announced the biggest ever Development Budget by any province in Pakistan’s history which stands at Rs. 635 Billion. The budget shows an impressive increase for Education and Health sectors as compared to the previous years. The total allocations for Education are 345 Billion and for Health 263 Billion. Other salient features of the budget include Special allocation for less developed districts Five Billion, Free Rural Ambulance Service for pregnant women, 58 Billion for Water and Sanitation and increase in girl student’s stipend from Rs. 200/- per month to Rs. 1,000/- per month in sixteen low literacy districts which will benefit 462,000 students. Since now Health is a provincial subject, the provincial Health budgets have assumed greater importance.

WHO updates Essential Medicines List
which now includes 433 Drugs

GENEVA: New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Model List of Essential Medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the 21st Expert Committee held on 27-31 March 2017 at WHO Headquarters.

Genetics, child Health, communicable diseases, NCDs,
oral health identified as priority areas for research

LAHORE: The researchers, academicians and health professionals from around the country have agreed on a 5-year National Health Research Agenda (2017-2022) that identifies 18 key areas related to health in which research should be carried out.


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