Quacks have emerged as a strong Mafia, a Dinosaur and it requires concerted efforts to eliminate them - Dr. Ajmal Khan

Islamabad: Quacks  and quackery has been flourishing in the country for the last over sixty years and by now they have emerged as a strong well-knit Mafia, developed into a Dinosaur and it requires concerted efforts of all of us to eliminate them. It was for the first time that Punjab Health Care Commission organized and initiated a campaign against quacks in Five Divisions of Punjab and so far taken action against three thousand five hundred quacks and their establishments. Some of these establishments were closed and we also recovered a fine of over Rs. Two crore from them. However, what is very depressing and disgusting to note is the fact that over 30% of these quacks are flourishing and practicing under the patronage of qualified healthcare professionals who back them.

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Carelessness about Hepatitis-C will result in great destruction and devastation-Musadik Malik

KARACHI: Indus Hospital which is known for providing quality care absolutely free of cost has embarked upon yet another ambitious project to eliminate Hepatitis-C. To achieve this objective, it has formed an NGO “Umeed Hai Zingi Foundation” in collaboration with PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals and few other strategic partners including Meezan Bank, Ihsan Trust, Benazir Income Support Programme, WHO, Aaj TV and Nutshell Forum to create awareness, prevention and treatment of this disease. The programme was formally launched on the World Hepatitis Day July 28th 2016.

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Obsession with ‘better data’ was driving a management rather than an academic culture in our universities

LAHORE: The experts believe that a university’s worth is more than the criteria and data used in its ranking. Ideally, a university’s impact on innovation, socio-cultural promotion and development of a region should be assessed.

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WHO highlights key challenges to global HIV response

The World Health Organization has flagged four key challenges as the international community met at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July 2016. The Organization has emphasized the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signaling the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.

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WHO encourages countries to reduce deaths from Viral Hepatitis

GENEVA: World Health Organization (WHO) has called upon countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the viral hepatitis, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

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Patients with high risk of CVD should be put on regular use of low dose Aspirin therapy - Dr. Fawad Farooq

ISLAMABAD: Identifying and treating single risk factor is not enough to reduce cardiovascular diseases. It requires composite risk assessment of modifiable risk factors and then treatment with low dose Aspirin Therapy should be the goal. This was stated by Dr. Fawad Farooq, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi. He was speaking on Medical Uses of Aspirin with special reference to primary prevention at the recently held MID YEAR DOCTORSCON 2016 organized by Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians at Islamabad on July 17th 2016.

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Young Doctor movements engaging in Rural Health Policy

Many family doctors will find themselves working in a rural area at some point during their career. This can be a daunting concept, especially for newly qualified family doctors, as many countries do not have the infrastructure in place to provide adequate healthcare in rural areas or a support network for new colleagues. An important part of this issue is engaging with policy makers to improve working conditions and health outcomes in rural areas. Doctors play a crucial role in rural communities and should be patient advocates, however, they often do not have an idea how to do this. 

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Experts call for better health facilities for growing elderly population in Pakistan

KARACHI: Number of elderly people including those having 65 years of age or above is around nine million in Pakistan, of which around 30 percent are suffering from one or other type of neurological and psychological disorders. Only a few thousand have access to proper diagnosis and treatment of their age-related neurological and psychological issues. These views were expressed by renowned neurologists and psychiatrists at an awareness seminar on the eve of World Brain Day, which is observed on July 22 around the globe to draw the attention towards issues facing aged people.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Pricking of IV Infusion preparations is a unique occupational hazard, which is preventable by adopting simple operating protocol and its implementation. This was stated by Dr. Shabnam Shamim Asim, Professor and Head of Department Gyne Unit III Abbasi Shaheed Hospital & Karachi Medical & Dental College Karachi. She was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on 26th July 2016. 

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