Mental, physical activity needed to counter Alzheimer

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Sept. 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Experts urged Pakistanis to remain engaged in healthy physical and mental activities to counter threats of Alzheimer disease, as “people who were less active during their leisure time nearly quadrupled their risk of developing the mind-robbing Alzheimer’s disease.” Speaking at a public awareness seminar…

Diabetic patients advised extra care during Ramadan

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 July 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – While stressing on the benefits of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, Islam also offers special exemption to the sick people from observing their fast during Ramadan to avoid any hard condition. This viewpoint was highlighted at a health seminar entitled “Diabetes and Ramadan” arranged by Shifa…

Health awareness project launched in rural Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (14 July 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Participants at a workshop urged the government to ensure that people living in slums of Islamabad have equal access to water, sanitation, and health care facilities. The health awareness workshop was arranged by Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET)…

‘Combat Drug Resistance through simple hygienic practices’ :Health experts

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Apr. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Health experts agreed with the idea that instead of giving antibiotics, people must be given full awareness to prevent and control the disease through traditional hygienic practices as simple as washing hands regularly. Raising concerns over drug resistance, Dr. Khalid, WHO representative informed that “52 per cent…

Alarming rise in Polio Cases in Pakistan

71% increase in Polio since last 2 years By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD –  “Polio has had a 71% increase in Pakistan in 2 the last 2 years with 84 cases of polio in 2009 to 144 and rising in 2010-2011” which signifies indifferent attitude of the health authorities regarding the harmful disease of polio. These views…

60% Pakistanis at risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)

Published in Pakistan Observer (12 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is rated 6th amongst countries where iodine deficiency is a serious public health issue. More than 60% of the population of Pakistan is at risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) due to delay in legislation on availability of iodized salt, warned the health experts…

Immunization Bill proposed

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the poor state of immunization in Pakistan, a draft bill has been proposed by civil society to provide a legal cover to immunization as well as to make it mandatory in Pakistan.To generate a debate and interaction on the issue, PILDAT arranged a legislative…

Smoking hazards highlighted at a seminar

Published in Pakistan Observer (1st Feb. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Smoking which is usually accepted by family members is now increasingly criticized by the society and people around smokers which is a positive indication that we are moving towards a smoke-free society. This phenomenon was noted at a media training workshop on ‘Tobacco Taxation’ on Monday in Islamabad aimed…

World AIDS Day observed in Pakistan

‘Prevention helps in overcoming HIV’Published in Pakistan Observer on 2 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal“HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but a developmental problem and the only way to overcome this menace of by taking individual responsibility of our own lives as well as of people around us.” This point was highlighted by Minister for Health,…

‘Awareness, education must to control AIDS’

Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 30, 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – There are approximately 97,400 cases of HIV and AIDS in Pakistan. “Through awareness and education, we can fight the most dreadful diseases such as HIV & AIDS” was the message of the advocacy seminar organized by National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Ministry of Health. The Advocacy…

‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ formed

To provide a platform to the women journalists working in print media, electronic media and radio the female journalists have formed an association ‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ (WJP) to address their problems and provide women journalists with special incentives to retain them in journalism. In this regard a ceremony was held at the National Press Club…

Dengue Fever – Symptoms and Preventions

  Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on Oct. 26, 2010   While dengue has existed since decades in many parts of the world in various forms, the killer disease emerged as a major health concern in Pakistan for last few years, and especially after the heavy floods in Pakistan, the disease has been witnessed…