WHO DG urges
vaccine dose sharing

GENEVA: Director General of World Health Organization in his recent statement regarding COVID19 has disclosed that globally, the number of vaccinations has now overtaken the number of reported infections. However, more than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for almost 60% of global GDP. Around 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose.

COVAX has recently published its forecast for the distribution of vaccines to participating countries. Countries are ready to go, but the vaccines aren’t there. We need countries to share doses once they have finished vaccinating health workers and older people.

We also need a massive scale-up in production. Manufacturers can do more: having received substantial public funding, we encourage all manufacturers to share their data and technology to ensure global equitable access to vaccines. And we call on companies to share their dossiers with WHO faster and more fully than they have been doing, so we can review them for emergency use listing. (PR)

KEMU launches book
on Telemedine Dept.

LAHORE: King Edward Medical University formally launched its book on Telemedicine Dept. last week where Governor of Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar was the chief guest and Chairman provincial HEC, Prof. Fazal Ahmed Khalid was the guest of honour. The meeting was attended by VC KEMU Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal and members of the KEMU Academic Council under strict COVID-19 precautionary SOP’S.

Telemedicine it may be mentioned here has emerged as the most successful initiative, started on the instructions of Governor Punjab, in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The immense potential of Telemedicine has been explored in King Edward Medical University. Governor Punjab appreciated the team of doctors risking their lives on the COVID-19 front. He highly appreciated the efforts of KEMU team in bringing up the standard of Telemedicine services which are being appreciated by everyone at home and abroad. He especially mentioned Prof Bilquis Shabbir and Prof Saira Afzal, and called them “superstars” of the medical fraternity along with each and every member of the academic council for their untiring efforts.

Prof. Khalid Masud Gondal, VC-KEMU, expressed his gratitude at the encouragement , trust and support of Governor Sahib and expressed how grateful he was to his team of faculty and young doctors who have worked with devotion and dedication not only in Telemedicine but also in the ICU ‘s, HDU’s and Covid wards. This service will be improved further in the days to come, he added.

Prof. Bilquis Shabbir Chairperson Department of Medicine, In-charge Telemedicine Department briefed the audience about the journey of Telemedicine Department, its birth, progress and future ambitions. She thanked the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for their continuous appreciation and support.

Prof. Saira Afzal, author of the book, presented the copy of the book to the guests. Also present on the occasion were VC, Pro VC Prof Asad Aslam, Registrar Dr. Riasat Ali, Prof Bilquis Shabbir and Muhammad Tariq Irfan, Director IT during the visit to the Telemedicine Department the guests were briefed about the various counters by Prof Ali Madeeh Hashmi, Prof of Psychiatry, Prof Bilquis Shabbir and Dr. Hina Lateef. (PR)

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