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General Health & Disease Articles / Health reforms need of the hour
« Last post by ayeshanoor on November 02, 2018, 01:28:39 PM »
Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid on Friday initiated consultations with experts to introduce concrete reforms in the health sector.
In this regard, a consultative workshop on the development of national health policy would start on November 1. Dr Yasmin would inaugurate the workshop. “Rapid initiatives for the strengthening of the health sector are need of the hour,” she said.
The minister expressed satisfaction over the preparation of the health workforce strategy under the Punjab Health Department, saying that Punjab became the first province which had done the task with the cooperation of the WHO and other international organisations.
Punjab would be sharing its learning and experiences with other provinces and would be guiding them through the development of their health workforce strategies,” said the health minister.
However, she expressed her concerns over an acute shortage of health workforce in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab.
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Medical News & General Information / Re: Medical Information Websites
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The top court has directed the provincial government to submit, complete plans for disposing of hospital waste within 10 days as the healthcare system of the province was termed as being “worse than that of Sindh”.
Moreover, the provincial health minister and secretary have been directed to submit affidavits.
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This was directed as a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a case regarding disposal of waste generated by hospitals in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
During Tuesday’s hearing, K-P Health Minister Dr Hashim Inamullah Khan complied with the court’s summons and appeared before the bench.
The CJP posed to him that government hospitals in K-P were producing around 4.5 tonnes of waste every day but what is the government doing to dispose of it safely?
Dr Hisham told the court that they manage to dispose of around 4.07 tonnes of waste every day and that they were in the process of procuring machinery to dispose of the remaining waste.
Asked about the waste produced by private hospitals, Dr Hisham replied that it should be around 6.61 tonnes per day.
At his, the CJP remarked that un disposed waste causes disease and directed him to present a comprehensive plan for improving the health sector and its implementation along with affidavits.
The case was then adjourned for 10 days.
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Experts have called for raising awareness on cancer, particularly breast cancer, to help prevent its incidence and save some 100,000 lives the disease reportedly claims annually.
They claimed that half of all women who die from breast cancer do so due to poor access to adequate treatment.
This was disclosed at a seminar on cancer at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) in Peshawar on Wednesday.
Experts said that a majority of cancer cases were discovered among middle-aged people who are over 40 years-of-age, adding that Asia tops the list for cancer.  Of the different variations of the disease, breast cancer’s prevalence was around 42 per cent.
In Pakistan, the ratio was particularly alarming with around 35 per cent of women — or one in three cancer patients —suffering from breast cancer at some point in their life.
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Ask The Doctor ڈاکٹر سے سوال کریں / Psoriasis Disease
« Last post by ayeshanoor on October 26, 2018, 02:24:27 PM »
Psoriasis drastically affects the everyday lives of patients as it victimizes more than 125 million people worldwide,” reads a statement to mark upcoming International Psoriasis Day on October 29.

Pakistan Psoriasis Foundation report states that in an analysis of survey data from 5,000 psoriasis patients, 20% of women said that psoriasis was a massive problem in their everyday lives, compared to only 12% of men.

Country lacks record of people with eye diseases
Overall, women have greater difficulty dealing with the psychological and social issues brought about by the condition.

Sindh Government Hospital Saudabad Chief Medical Officer Dr Fauzia Farid said, “Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease clinically evident as raised inflamed scaly red skin lesions that crack and itch.”
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Announcements and General topics / 6 home remedies for healthy hair
« Last post by ayeshanoor on October 25, 2018, 01:57:59 PM »
Every girl dreams of having a luscious mane but maintaining healthy hair is often very difficult. As with one’s skin, keeping hair in a good condition depends on proper hair-care routine, a well-balanced diet and the proper use of essential oils, reported Business Standard. Med Links director Angara Krishna and chairperson of Blossom Kochab Group of Companies, Blossom Kochhar revealed five easy to follow tips to help you achieve healthy hair.
1. Conditioning dry hair
Every kitchen has some great items for conditioning your hair and make them silky and shiny. Egg yolk, honey and mayonnaise are great for deep conditioning. A paste of two to three egg yolks mixed with  honey and applied for 15 to 20 minutes is an awesome way to naturally condition your hair.
For dry hair, one can also apply a generous amount of oil on a regular basis and massage it before washing the hair. Dry hair is rough to touch and more prone to tangles, damage and split ends. It should be taken care of, nourished and conditioned properly. A mix of castor oil, almond oil, glycerin, vinegar, protein powder and sandalwood oil can do wonders in bringing out that natural shine.
Coconut oil is also recommended for the same. Apply a tiny amount and wash after 30 minutes. People with dry hair are advised not to use shampoo on a daily basis.
Normal hair is healthy and has a lot of bounce and shine. An occasional hot oil treatment will keep it in good condition. This hot oil mix includes one tablespoon of coconut oil, castor oil, sesame oil, and two drops of rosemary oil. Wrap a hot towel after massage and let the oil sit.
2. Dandruff control
Dandruff troubles many of us. It makes the scalp itchy and simply looks hideous. Lemon, vinegar, amla and honey are great for natural dandruff control. A paste made of a lemon squeeze, a dash of apple cider vinegar with some amla powder can be massaged on the scalp and left for 15 minutes to get rid of that stubborn dandruff.
3. Oily hair
If your hair becomes oily just a day after you wash it, try a vinegar rinse before shampoo. It is really effective in washing away that extra oil.
People having oily hair should avoid using harsh shampoo and prefer a mild one instead to remove excess greasiness. A suggested essential oil Patchouli brings out amazing results for oily hair. Mix this oil with one tablespoon of water and gently apply all over the scalp.
Opt for a toning lotion by mixing this oil with malt vinegar and a glass of water.
4. Hair loss
Onion juice, ginger juice and diluted castor oil are irritants and scientifically proven to be beneficial in hair loss problems. Spraying onion juice on your scalp, two to three times a week will reduce hair fall.
5. General care
Avoid using heat on your hair too often. Use cold water to wash hair along with sulphate-free and pH balanced shampoos. Use a wide-toothed comb to avoid hair breakage but make sure it’s not wet.
6. Diet
A balanced diet is extremely important to have healthy hair. Choosing protein rich, low dairy and low carbohydrates in your food is the mantra. Good iron intake from spinach, apples and pomegranate is equally important.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2018-19 with the stipulation that additional resources would not be sought from the government to bridge any government funding requirement and that they would be generated from donor agencies.
The prime minister has also asked to put up a summary for the appointment of Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication. The position is vacant since Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq relinquished the charge of PM’s focal person on July 30.
Experts said the condition of not allocating extra resources may not affect the programme as it’s already donor dependent, but urged to appoint the focal person and approve the PC-I as soon as possible to facilitate timely resource mobilization.
Currently, a three year PC-I is pending with the government for approval. The PC-I proposes $300 million from the international donors while the same cost would be borne by the government by allocating administrative infrastructure and government employees in three years.
To eradicate polio, international donors contribute $100 million each year to Pakistan to procure vaccines and other equipment and for surveillance and publicize the campaign while the government uses its infrastructure and administration that also cost up to $100 million each year.
The Core Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners include WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, Gates Foundation and US Centres for Disease Control, but Pakistan’s Programme is financed by a broad range of partners beyond that as well, including Islamic Development Bank, JICA, Governments of UAE, Japan, Germany, Canada etc.
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Cancer is a deadly disease which steals not only health but other joys as well. One part of its treatment is chemotherapy which causes hair loss and leaves patients bald. Many women of Karachi donated their hair to help prepare wigs for cancer patients as part of a drive organised by Pakistan Youth Forum’s (PYF) ‘Hair to help’ campaign at Depilex Parlour in Bahadurabad.  The drive continued from 11am to 4pm on Sunday and within just five hours, nearly 50 women and young girls had donated their hair.
The aim of the campaign was to donate free wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. These wigs are supplied to hospitals where cancer patients are being treated, including Aga Khan University Hospital and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. Typically, the market price for a fake wig is above Rs15,000 but these wigs are provided free of cost after taking the patient’s data.
Syed Fahad Ali of PYF told The Express Tribune that ‘Hair to help’ is a project of PYF which has been going on since 2012. “We obtain hair from women and produce wigs for cancer patients, most people contact us through Facebook which is our essential mode of communication,” he said. “Mostly, teenagers from Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi contact us for this campaign,” he added. According to Ali, donors donate a minimum of 12 inches of their hair which is then sent to vendors in China who prepare the wigs. Local vendors do not provide the required quality, and since cancer patients’ skin becomes very sensitive due to the treatment, selections need to be made carefully, said Ali. A few inches of hair is discarded in the wig making process which is why there is a fixed minimum hair length of 12 inches so the final wig length can be at least 8 to 9 inches – long enough to cover the whole scalp, he said.
The donated hair is kept in different packets with the name of the donor on them. Usually four to six kilogramme packets are sent to China through a private courier service and complete wigs arrive after approximately 20 days. If there are no budget issues, hair ponies are sent in three months which are returned in the shape of wigs.
According to Ali’s estimates, roughly 80% of the donors are young girls and the other 20% include women and children. A major reason for this is that teenagers use Facebook more frequently and hence are more aware of this drive, he explained.
Sunbul, a young girl who donated her hair for the second time, said that it is her own wish to contribute to this effort. Since fake wigs for cancer patients are very expensive, she grows her hair so she can donate it. “People get shocked when I tell them about this since very few people in Pakistan are aware of this issue and if hair donation makes cancer patients happy then everyone should play their role in spreading happiness,” she said. Sunbul found out about the drive through Facebook.
Another donor, Romana, said that she joined the effort because she believes that hair is no less than a blessing for such patients. She said that hair beautifies a human’s persona and it makes them charming and attractive. “I can’t even imagine living without hair, I will be so disappointed if this happens. I think if my hair can make someone else beautiful then I should donate my hair,” she said, adding that it makes her happy to donate her hair for those who have lost theirs.
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Pharmaceutical / Re: CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES
« Last post by ayeshanoor on October 22, 2018, 03:27:17 PM »
 Manufacturing, analytical distribution records and reference   samples shall  be kept by, or be available to, the contract giver, and   any records relevant to  assessing the quality of a product in the event   of complaints or a suspected  defect shall be accessible and specified   in the defect or recall procedures of  the contract giver.
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Ask The Doctor ڈاکٹر سے سوال کریں / Common Issues Now a days
« Last post by ayeshanoor on October 20, 2018, 03:23:43 PM »
HIV/AIDS
Between 11 and 15% of U.S. AIDS cases occur in seniors over age 50. Between 1991 and 1996, AIDS in adults over 50 rose more than twice as fast as in younger adults. Seniors are unlikely to use condoms, have immune systems that naturally weaken with age, and HIV symptoms (fatigue, weight loss, dementia, skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes) are similar to symptoms that can accompany old age. Again, stereotypes about aging in terms of sexual activity and drug use keep this problem largely unrecognized. That's why seniors are not well represented in research, clinical drug trials, prevention programs and efforts at intervention.
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Mental Health
Dementia is not part of aging. Dementia can be caused by disease, reactions to medications, vision and hearing problems, infections, nutritional imbalances, diabetes, and renal failure. There are many forms of dementia (including Alzheimer's Disease) and some can be temporary. With accurate diagnosis comes management and help. The most common late-in-life mental health condition is depression. If left untreated, depression in the elderly can lead to suicide. Here's a surprising fact: The rate of suicide is higher for elderly white men than for any other age group, including adolescents.
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Research indicates that staying physically active can help prevent or delay certain diseases, including some cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and also relieve depression and improve mood. Inactivity often accompanies advancing age, but it doesn't have to. Check with your local churches or synagogues, senior centers, and shopping malls for exercise and walking programs. Like exercise, your eating habits are often not good if you live and eat alone. It's important for successful aging to eat foods rich in nutrients and avoid the empty calories in candy and sweets.

Overweight and Obesity
Being overweight or obese increases your chances of dying from hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, dyslipidemia and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. In-depth guides and practical advice about obesity are available from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Tobacco
Tobacco is the single greatest preventable cause of illness and premature death in the U.S. Tobacco use is now called "Tobacco dependence disease." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that smokers who try to quit are more successful when they have the support of their physician.

Substance Abuse
Substance abuse usually means drugs and alcohol. These are two areas we don't often associate with seniors, but seniors, like young people, may self-medicate using legal and illegal drugs and alcohol, which can lead to serious health consequences. In addition, seniors may deliberately or unknowingly mix medications and use alcohol. Because of our stereotypes about senior citizens, many medical people fail to ask seniors about possible substance abuse.
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