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Baby show & Health Mela
at Sambros Hospital

KARACHI: Dr. Junaid Ali Shah, Chief Executive AO Clinic and Provincial Health Minister was the chief guest at the 5th Annual Baby Show & Health Mela organized by M/s Sambros Hospital on 31st March, 2013. Prof. Iqbal Memon, President Pakistan Pediatric Association was the Guest of Honor.

Dr. Junaid Ali Shah, Health Minister Sindh being presented shield by
Mr. Nasim Ahmed, Chairman Sambroz Hospital during the 5th annual
Baby Show & Health Mela organized by M/s Sambros Hospital
on 31st March, 2013. Picture also shows Dr. Sami Ahmed
and Prof. Iqbal Memon.

Speaking at the occasion Dr. Junaid Ali said that Health and education are the major problem of our country. Private sector is playing its role effectively but it require joint efforts by Government, general public and private sector. I will try my best to carry on the mission of my father Late Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah to provide quality and cost effective medical care to the needy patients, he added. He lauded the efforts of the management of Sambros hospital which is organizing free medical camps , Baby shows and CME programs regularly. 
Prof. Iqbal Memon speaking at the occasion urged the care taker Government to continue the mother and child healthcare programmes which will enable Pakistan to achieve the targets set by World Bodies for 2015. He also urged the Government, concerned authorities and parents to play their role for success of vaccination programme which is very important. We have to fight with the forces which are spreading negative propaganda against vaccination, he added.
Dr. Sami Ahmed, Chief Executive Sambros Hospital presented the annual report of the hospital and various activities being carried out for the betterment of mother and child care by Sambros hospital. He paid rich tributes and lauded the services of late Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah in the field of Health and sports in Sindh and in Karachi particularly.

PIMA Presidential elections

ISLAMABAD: PIMA members elected new office-bearers for two years (2013-2015) through secret ballot during provincial conventions held on 22-23 March in Sukkur, 23-24 March both in Faisalabad and Mardan. According to the results announced by provincial election commissioners, Dr. Khubaib Shahid, Prof. of Radiology at Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore, Dr. Abdul Qadir Soomro Dept. of Dermatology Pakistan Steel Hospital Karachi and Dr. Kamran Hasan Senior Registrar, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, PGMI, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar have been elected as President of Punjab, Sindh and KPK respectively.(PR)

Symposium at Baharia University

Medical and Dental College

KARACHI: Baharia University Medical and Dental College is organizing a symposium on April 26-27th2013. Theme of the symposium is Health care from bench to bedside & beyond. For further details contact Symposium SeretariateBahria University Medical and Dental College, DHA Phase-II, Adjacent PNS Shifa, Karachi, Pakistan. Tel # +92-21-99204685-8 Fax # +92-21-99204689 Ext # 1071, 1072. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aspirin self-prescribing
for CVD prevention may be common

“Faith in the old - adapted - adage ‘an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away’ remains a key driver of aspirin use in the setting of primary prevention, according to a recent patient survey.” Researchers found that, “among patients in the waiting rooms of two primary practice clinics in Alberta, Canada almost 40% said they were taking ASA regularly, mostly for prevention of CV events.” The survey indicated that “one-quarter of patients taking aspirin for primary prevention said the decision to start taking it was their own, not their” physicians.

Big differences in medications’
prices found at pharmacies

A study by Consumer Reports found that “a little research can save you a lot of cash on prescription drugs.” After checking over 200 pharmacies, the magazine found that the cost of a month’s supply of Actos (Pioglitazone), Lexapro (Escitalopram), Lipitor (Atorvastatin), Plavix (Clopidogrel), and Singulair (Montelukast) “varied by as much as $749.” Lisa Gill, prescription drugs editor for Consumer Reports, said, “One of the big takeaways is that you have to ask for the best price and see if your pharmacist will work with you.” Tips for getting the best value include getting generics, asking for a better deal, going to rural pharmacies, seeking discounts for multi-month supplies, and checking for discount generic-drug programs.
Costco had the lowest prescription prices”; for instance Lipitor cost $17 for a month’s supply there, compared to $126 at CVS. Similarly, “a month supply of generic Lexapro cost $7 a month at Costco and $126 at CVS, with the shoppers also reporting high prices on average at grocery stores, Rite Aid and Walgreens.”

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