Meeting discusses steps needed against spread of dengue

PESHAWAR: District Health Officer, Dr. Muhammad Ali on Wednesday presided a meeting to discussed preventive measures needed to control the spread of dengue and steps required to mitigate the suffering of patients affected by the virus.
The meeting decided to implement emergency and cancelled the holidays of hospital employees with an objective to utilize all available resources against dengue. 
Health authorities have also established a central control room in DHO office where health officials can be contacted on 0932.410399.
Special wards have also been arranged in Batkhela, Dargai and Thana hospitals for providing necessary treatment to dengue virus victims.
To further strengthened the preventive and precautionary measures, mosquito kits have been provided and all the Lady Health Workers have been directed to disseminate information to curb the incident of dengue in the area. - APP

KP hospitals to get autonomy on UK pattern

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR/ Dawn Report: The provincial government has decided to replace the Medical Institutions Reforms Act, 2002 with a new law modeled after National Health Service UK to give complete autonomy to the teaching and district headquarters hospitals of the province, according to sources.Dawn file photo

“We have received go-ahead to draft new law within three months. The legislation will be done keeping in view famous Margaret Thatcher’s’ reforms in UK,” relevant officials told Dawn.

There are very clear guidelines to start work on the draft law to pave way for reforms in health department.

“The decision to incorporate drastic changes to the existing law was made after last meeting of the working group on reforms in health sector and Imran Khan instructed for legislation,” officials said. They said that some of the points to be made part of the law were clear. The hospitals will have Board of Governors (BoG) with two-third representation from the private sector, they said.

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Health Secrets Of The Hunzas

By Donald Gordon Carty

It is believed that among these people centenarians are a common occurrence, and that it is not unusual for elderly persons to reach the venerable age of 130. It has even been reported that a significant number have survived to the incredible age of 145!


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These people are not the product of legend, nor is the country they inhabit a mythical utopia. They call themselves the Hunzas (pronounced Hoonzas) and live in what has come to be known as the roof of the world - the mountain peaks of the Himalayas. To be more precise, the Hunza country, with a population of only 30,000, is situated at the extreme northern point of India, where the borders of Kashmir, China, India and Afghanistan converge.

It is said that this tiny group of people, residing in an inaccessible valley about 3000 meters (9000 feet) above sea level, are more or less completely cut off from the outside world. It is also said that they are the happiest people on earth. 

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Bacteria stop transmission of dengue fever

Aedes aegyptii

Australian scientists say they have discovered a cheap and effective method of preventing the transmission of dengue fever.

They infected mosquitoes that spread the disease with bacteria that block transmission of the dengue virus.

When the resistant insects were released, they successfully interbred with wild mosquitoes and halted their ability to transmit dengue.

Details of the work are published in the journal Nature.

The researchers are hopeful that this could be a viable control for a disease that affects more than 50 million people worldwide every year.

According to the World Health Organization around one third of the world's population is at risk from dengue fever. The incidence and severity of this untreatable, mosquito-borne illness are increasing in many parts of the world.

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Unhygienic water

Soft and pure drinking water is a great blessing of Almighty Allah but we have no access to it due to our own irresponsible activities. Water pollution is a great health hazard to all the people of our globe? It is due this very reason that many fatal and deadly diseases are spreading on the earth with alarming pace and proportion. Like other fatal diseases hepatitis is also one of the deadly diseases, which is spreading due to the polluted and unhygienic water reservoirs and posing a serious threat to the health of the people. In many parts of our country too a large number of people have become victim to this fatal disease and the government and other quarters are not bothered to resolve the matter once and for all. Buner is a place where this disease is spreading with alarming pace and posing a serious threat to its inhabitants. According to a rough estimate a large number of people have been hit by it butthe high-ups have turned a deaf ear to get it resolved. The areas where the patients of this disease are found in abundance are Khadukhel, Chamla, Amazai, Gagra, Chagharzi, Gadezi and other adjoining localities. According to health experts, the poor sanitation facilities and the non-availability of pure and unhygienic drinking water are the main causes of the outbreak of this fatal disease. It is also revealed that the water supply schemes in most parts of Buner are in shambles and dilapidated condition and the pipelines are passing through the dirty heaps of garbage. Thus the people are compelled to use polluted and unhygienic water which causes various stomach and viral diseases. Through a laboratory test the drinking water of these areas, has also been declared dangerous for all kinds of use. The inhabitants of the area have demanded of the government to provide them soft and hygienic water to protect and safeguard themselves from the hazardous ills. In this regard the initiation of full fledged campaign to create awareness among the people regarding the use of soft and pure drinking water is also a pre-requisite. The educated and aware community particularly the students, health workers and other social circles are requested to come forward and play their role for the provision of the soft drinking water to the poor segments of society who have no access to this special blessing of Almighty Allah. In this way we can save our future generation from the hazards of all fatal diseases including hepatitis a, b and c.

Shaukat Hayat Buneri


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