We need to make our assessment system more objective, transparent & standardized

LAHORE: There is no co-ordinated effort to improve quality of medical education in Pakistan. We need to make our assessment system objective, transparent and standardized which will eventually help to achieve the ultimate objective of improved health care. We can improve and standardize our system so that it can be accredited by not only national but international bodies as well and one does not have to sit in the examination for international accreditation.

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Medical Research remains a low priority of Medical Institutions including Medical Universities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Despite commendable efforts made by the Higher Education Commission, medical research continues to remain a low priority with most of our medical institutors and medical universities in Pakistan. This is evident from the low number of published research papers in peer reviewed national as well as international medical journals both indexed in Medline or covered by Thompson/ISI Reuter known for its Impact Factor. 

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Practicing good hand hygiene during health care reduces the risk of infections and spread of antimicrobial resistance

GENEVA: WHO’s strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for health-care workers to practice, according to a new study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Health care-associated infections are a major threat to patient safety worldwide and transmission in these settings is mainly from the hands of health-care workers.

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These low cost interventions can save the lives of thousands of children under-five suffering from pneumonia and diarrhoea

KARACHI: Three low cost interventions of oral rehydration, breastfeeding and community case management can save the lives of thousands of children under-five suffering from pneumonia and diarrhoea. This was disclosed by speakers at the seminar ‘Diarrhoea and Pneumonia: Global Action Plan and Implications for Pakistan’ held at Aga Khan University recently. 

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Prof. Qasim Memorial Skill Development Institute established at NICVD

KARACHI: Prof. Qasim Memorial skill development centre has been established at National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease Karachi while Institute of pediatric cardiology has also been planned. Another 40-bed ward had been established with the help of philanthropists to deal with increasing number of cardiac patients.

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FDA expands age indication for meningococcal vaccine for infants

BASEL: (Switzerland) US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Menveo® (Meningococcal Group A, C, W-135 and Y conjugate vaccine) for the prevention of meningococcal disease caused by four strains of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (N. meningitidis) in infants and toddlers from 2 months of age.

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Simple & cost-effective strategies should be top priority of health planners-Inamullah Khan Dharejo

KARACHI: People can be saved from many diseases only by promotion of simple and cost-effective strategies especially for breastfeeding, and this should be the top priority of the healthcare planners. Pakistan was the 5th largest milk producer in the World, and 2nd biggest importer of milk powder.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Hepatitis is mostly reported in most populated and rural areas of the country. Pricking of I.V Infusion bottle, reuse of syringes is a very common practice and it is a major cause of hepatitis spread in Pakistan. It could only be controlled by educating our General Practitioners (GPs) the people involved in anesthetic preparation, Dentists, nursing staff, paramedics and the OT technicians besides doctors.

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Interfamily marriages could be a major cause of Lysosomal Storage Disorders

KARACHI: In Pakistan more than hundred patients of Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD) have been diagnosed in the last 8 months and a large number of suspected cases of LSDs have been due to the strong trend of interfamily marriages. Lysosomal Storage Disorders are inherited genetic defects which affect multiple organs and cause progressive physical or mental deterioration over time. Some patients survive into adulthood, but others with more severe symptoms may die in their teens or earlier.

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Experts describe ways to eliminate wasteful medical tests and procedures performed on children and adults

Medical organizations are participating in a campaign to help clinicians and patients avoid wasteful and sometimes harmful medical interventions. Recently, experts in pediatric and adult health from diverse geographic locations of the United States and from a mix of academic and non- academic settings shared their experiences, 

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