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Here is what Pakistan should know about diabetes, a deadly disease

World Diabetes Day is being observed across the world today. World Diabetes Day was first observed in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create awareness in the world about increasing threat posed by diabetes. World Health Organization described diabetes as: Diabetes is a chronic, progressive noncommunicable disease (NCD) characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). It occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin…

Current Ebola outbreak is worst in Congo’s history: ministry

KINSHASA: The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Friday. The hemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have complicated the response. Congo has suffered 10 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered near the eponymous Ebola River in 1976. “The current…

Faisal Vawda meets CJP Saqib Nisar, inquires his health

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda on Wednesday called on Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar and inquired about his health after undergoing successful angioplasty recently at Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC). Mr. Vawda presented a bouquet to the CJP Saqib Nisar and said "Nation was praying for his early recovery." The top judge thanked the visiting Federal  Minister, who came to inquire about his health. On Monday, Chief Justice of Pakistan was moved to his residence…

Dr Yasmin underlines need for concrete and long lasting health policy

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, while underlining the need of concrete and long lasting health policy, has said that the focus on the rural health centers was crucial for attaining the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing the inaugural session of consultative workshop on the development of national health policy and provincial strategic framework, the health minister said that Pakistan is facing lack of health facilities, particularly in rural areas which were badly "neglected…

Internationally-acclaimed health expert to chair BISP on government’s invitation

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has appointed Pakistan’s internationally acclaimed global health expert Dr. Sania Nishtar to chair the board of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), ARY News reported. According to a statement released by BISP, the government had invited the health expert to head BISP. Following her acceptance, the government has made the appointment. Dr. Nishtar is a well-respected apolitical professional, civil society leader and former cabinet minister. She is also a widely published scholar in…

Saira Banu reacts to reports claiming Dilip Kumar suffering from pneumonia

NEW DELHI: Responding to reports of Dilip Kumar suffering from pneumonia, his wife Saira Banu has rejected the reports going viral and said the legendary Indian actor was fine and recuperating. When asked about Dilip Kumar's health, doting wife Saira Banu told Indian news channels, “He is fine and is at home. Someone has started this rumour that he is having pneumonia but there is no such thing. He is just having a regular cold and fever. He is at home and recovering.” A few days back, the thespian was discharged from…

Compliance by private schools necessary for success of anti-measles campaign: health minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Health Aamer Mehmood Kiani on Tuesday monitored the national anti-measles campaign through visiting health centers in the outskirts of Islamabad, ARY News reported. Talking to the media on a monitoring visit, the health expressed concern over delays in granting permission by the private school authorities for measles vaccination while underlining the requisite of coordination of all departments to run successful measles campaign. He highlighted the need of compliance by private schools…

WHO offers support of development of HRH in Punjab

LAHORE: World Health Organization (WHO) has offered technical support to Punjab Health Department for development of Human Resources for Health (HRH), ARY News reported. According to a statement issued after a key meeting of WHO’s delegation with Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid, WHO has offered technical support to Punjab Health Department for development of HR and an expert of international repute Dr. Mario Roberto Dal Paz would be assigned task to establish HRH Observatory for Punjab. The expert would…

More than three million children vaccinated as part of 12-day anti-measles campaign in Punjab

LAHORE: Director General Health Services Punjab on Wednesday said that the 12-day anti-measles campaign is in full swing across Punjab, ARY News reported. According to a statement released from his office, Dr. Munir Ahmad said that the 12-day anti-measles campaign is in full swing across the province and during the last two days, a total of 3712006 children aged between 6 months to 7 years have been injected the vaccine. Dr. Munir further said that skilled workers are executing their duties with dedication and…

Punjab unveils over Rs2trillion budget for remaining eight months of FY 18-19

LAHORE: Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht on Tuesday presented an over Rs2.026trillion budget for remaining eight months of fiscal year 2018-19, ARY News reported.  The provincial finance minister, during his budget speech, lamented that the previous government's corruption and shortsightedness resulted in a financial crisis which forced the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to present a "corrective budget". He lamented that the PML-N government allocated only Rs144billion for education…