Universal access to immunization, screening, diagnosis and antiviral therapy needed to fight this silent epidemic - Dr. Keiji Fukuda

GENEVA: “The fact that many hepatitis B and C infections are silent, causing no symptoms until there is severe damage to the liver, points to the urgent need for universal access to immunization, screening, diagnosis and antiviral therapy,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security and the Environment. 

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Egypt to host Medical Journals Conference EMMJ6 from September 2nd to 4th 2013

CAIRO (EGYPT): The organizing committee for the forthcoming EMMJ6 Medical Journals Conference being held at Cairo is giving final touches to the programme. The conference is scheduled to be held from September 2-4th 2013 while pre-conference workshops are planned on September 1st 2013 says a latest communication received from Jane Nicholson WHO- EMAME Liaison Coordinator Knowledge, Languages and Publishing in the WHO EMR Office. 

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Hundreds of faculty positions are lying vacant in medical colleges and medical universities

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of faculty positions are at present reported to be lying vacant in various medical colleges as well as medical universities all over the country and no steps are being taken to fill up these posts. In some cases there is just one Professor or Associate Professor and Registrar in the department hence these one or two man departments can hardly do justice to teaching, training, patient care and what to talk of any research work. 

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Medical institutions should identify young talented individuals for faculty positions

LAHORE: There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and many young individuals who have returned to Pakistan after completing their postgraduate training as well as others who earned Fellowship from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan or from various medical universities and got a chance to serve in various medical institutions are doing a commendable job.

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Scientific programme of Aspirin Conference being held at FJMC on October 5th being finalized

LAHORE: The organizing committee and the scientific committee is finalizing the programme of the forthcoming conference on Aspirin being organized by Pakistan Aspirin Foundation at Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore on October 5th 2013 .The inaugural session in the morning will be followed by two scientific sessions in the morning while a panel discussion is planned in the afternoon session.

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Auditor General of Pakistan confirms massive corruption in PM&DC

ISLAMABAD: Auditor General of Pakistan while evaluating past five years performance of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has stated that massive corruption was committed including construction of the PM&DC building to the tune of fourteen billion rupees as opposed to the approved estimates of about three to four billion rupees contract.

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Prof. Shabih Zaidi’s book on Vertigo-A Clinical Guide published by Springer

Prof. Shabih H. Zaidi’s an eminent ENT Surgeon from Pakistan who served as Prof. of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery at Dow Medical College for number of years and also as Principal of Sindh Medical College has published his latest book on Vertigo- A Clinical Guide. What is more important is the fact that this has been published by a group of well known international publishers Springer. 

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Both parents experience highs and lows in sexuality after childbirth

Partners of new mothers often experience shifts in sexuality, and these shifts are often unrelated to biological or medical factors pertaining to childbirth. The findings, which are published in a recent issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, expand current understanding of postpartum sexuality, and may help health professionals as they counsel new parents. 

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Indus Hospital Karachi makes provision of Quality Healthcare absolutely free a reality

KARACHI: In today’s materialistic world provision of quality healthcare absolutely free is a miracle and it has happened and become a reality in Pakistan in the shape of Indus Hospital. Thanks to the dedication and motivation of Prof. Abdul Bari Khan Chief Executive Officer, Dr.Zafar Zaidi and their team who not only conceived this idea but also realized their dream.

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An Update on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

WHO has been informed of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Of these, two cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia and four from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one cause of death throughout the world

WHO has updated its list of leading causes of death worldwide, and has issued a fact sheet and fact file to explain the changes that have occurred between 2000 and 2011. Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one cause of death throughout the world, and killed nearly 17 million people in 2011, that is 3 in every 10 deaths. Of these, 7 million people died of ischaemic heart disease and 6.2 million from stroke.

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Special initiatives by Khyber PK Government in MCH services

PESHAWAR: Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has initiated some new Special Initiatives in the budget 2013-14 for improving the Mother and Child Health status of poor and downtrodden population of the province to achieve the MDGs 4 & 5. Rs. 500.Million have been allocated for Special Initiative for enhancing immunization coverage, ante natal care and encourage deliveries by skilled birth attendants.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Healthcare providers should always insist for purchase of quality products in their institutions which is not a common practice in our healthcare facilities. It is the duty of the practicing doctor to convince the people who are in charge of purchase committees to buy quality products which will be beneficial for the patients. These views were expressed by Dr. Nusrat Anis, Consultant General, Laparoscopic Surgeon at Ziauddin University Hospital Karachi. 

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PIMA concerned over irregularities and corruption in PM&DC

KARACHI: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has once again expressed its serious concern over the unchecked irregularities, corruption and mismanagement in the health sector particularly Pakistan Medial and Dental Council.

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