HEALTH

Convicted prisoners cant access medical facilities; petition filed

November 12th, 2020; Bureau Report; PESHAWAR; Shabbir Gigyani, senior Peshawar lawyer has filed a petition against a serious lack of medical facilities for those convicted by military courts. There are at least 50 inmates who are suffering from medical complications but have not gotten treatment, which is a violation of their basic human rights.

The second wave is here… should we worry?

October 28th, 2020; By Asra Haque and Adina Shahid; LAHORE; SAPM on Health Faisal Sultan formally announced today that the Second Wave is here. How serious is it compared to the first wave?

Mental Health- An Ignored Illness

October 10th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; On World Mental Health Day, Voicepk.net speaks to Dr. Syed Imran Murtaza, Medical Superintendent of Fountain House in Lahore who says due to the taboo attached to mental health, patients are never treated. Dr Murtaza says suicides in youth are caused by usage of drugs and loneliness.

‘This place will never be safe for us: Killing of lady health worker sparks fury and disillusionment

September 23rd, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; PTM, North Waziristan, held a protest today demanding Justice For Nahida, a female healthcare worker who was shot & killed on her way back from work, 2 days ago. Her death has raised concerns about the Security of Polio workers operating in KPK, under the recently launched "Polio Eradication Drive"

Health authorities struggle to plug polio immunization gap in Qilla Abdullah

2 children in Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan, have contracted polio since the beginning of the year. Authorities are racing to close the immunity gap before more children fall prey to the disabling & deadly disease

Health Experts concerned over early lifting of lockdown

Aug. 11, 2020: Doctors, public health experts, and epidemiologists have voiced their concerns over what they say may be a premature lifting of restrictions by the government. Experts believe that a premature return to normalization ...

Effects of the pandemic on routine immunization could lead to a second healthcare crisis

Jul 19, 2020: Pakistan will resume its routine immunization campaign under the Polio Eradication program on July 20, after nearly a five-month hiatus. Around 800,000 children will receive essential vaccines through a door-to-door campaign ...

Balochistan govt spends only Rs90 per person on health: YDA

Jul 04, 2020: In Balochistan, there has been an increase of about 32 percent in the health budget as compared to last year’s spending on health. This fiscal year 2020-21, the Balochistan government has allocated over Rs31billion for the health ...

Punjab Minister of Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid: Announced Strict Lockdown In Parts Of Lahore

Jun 15, 2020: Lockdown to be imposed in parts of Shahdrah, the Walled City, Iqbal Town, Cantonment, Mozang, Shadbagh, Harbanspura, Gulberg, and the entirety of Nishtar Town. Lockdown to be enforced officially at 12:00 am, June 16, lockdown ...

Pakistan’s Mental Health Affliction

S* believes that she was seriously depressed when she was 9 years old when her grandmother, whom she was very close to, passed away. Her parents had assumed that her erratic behavior were part of her growing up, and her ...

Will The Upcoming Budget Increase Its Focus On Healthcare?

The healthcare crisis has hit Pakistan hard, and part of the reason for this has been the negligible quota of the budget that the healthcare sector is given. According to the federal budget in the last fiscal year (2019-20), the ...

Stressed Healthcare Workers Resort To Hunger Strike

Healthcare workers in Pakistan are getting increasingly restless with their situation: ever since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the country, they have been repeatedly asking for Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), but to no avail. On April ...

Yasmin Rashid, Health Minister Punjab: Punjab Enhancing Its Healthcare System During Lockdown

Health Minister Punjab, Dr.Yasmin Rashid says that the government is utilizing the Coronavirus Lockdown period to enhance the capacity of the healthcare system. She insists govt hospitals have a proper waste disposal system in place in ...

Zafar Mirza, Asst. to PM on National Health Services: Will The Lockdown Be Extended Beyond 14 April 2020?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTnb8AaZQIA Find out in this exclusive interview with Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services. Mirza speaks of the government’s plan to continue to impose stringent measures in...

Clear blue skies, but for how long?

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, environmentalists in Lahore had called upon the government and private schools to introduce school buses to tackle the menace of air pollution in the city.

On the Frontlines: Policing A City Under Lockdown

With the lockdown, people have been pushed back inside their homes. No one wants to risk being outdoors, for fear of contracting the coronavirus. Yet those who battle it out everyday, outside the comfort of their homes, outside the bounds of safety, are none others than our heroes – doctors, sanitary workers, journalists, the police. All of them are risking their lives every day, only in order to protect the public from the deadly disease in the air. Voicepk.net pays tribute to these people, as everyday they are ON THE FRONTLINES.

On The Frontlines: Sanitary Workers

With the lockdown, people have been pushed back inside their homes. No one wants to risk being outdoors, for fear of contracting the Coronavirus. Yet the heroes who battle it out everyday, outside the comfort of their homes, outside the bounds of safety are none others than our heroes – doctors, sanitary workers, journalists, the police. All of them are risking their lives every day, only in order to protect the public from the deadly disease in the air. Voicepk.net pays tribute to these people, as everyday they are ON THE FRONTLINES.

List of Recommendations and Myth Busters for Protection Against the New Coronavirus – By the World Health Organization (WHO)

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your...

Faulty policy at the core of Pakistan’s medicine crisis

In light of all this, it seems the recent critical shortage of essential medicines reported this month is not a new development, rather it is one part of a national crisis that has lasted since 2012. The disappearance of some 60 essential medicines this month was, however, unpredictable in the severity of its effect on the population and healthcare units.

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 protect Pakistan’s children?

Under these dire circumstances, it is society’s obligation to raise questions concerning the promises made by the State to ensure the protection of its children through multiple laws and policies that, to this date, have yielded very little positive change.

Pakistan’s “Sewper Heroes” – How sanitary workers fight back against prejudice

In Pakistan’s social and economic fabric, sanitation workers are in the worst of circumstances. They are not recognized as formal labour, and the pay scale is meagre – barely making ends meet – for a job that carries serious health concerns.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bonded Labour in Pakistan

The grind is the same during the summer months. Calluses and scars have marked the workers’ bodies, but there is no stopping. At least a thousand bricks a day must be made or the quota will not be met.

“They forced me down…all I did was pray”

It felt like a mountain had crumbled down on the family as they were stuck between the girl’s misery and pain, and how the others would think of them. “It took them five whole days to realize that the right way to go forward was to try and access justice for Maria,” says Mehwish.

Smog – A human rights issue

Though air pollution is a year-round phenomenon, it is smog that Lahore is most concerned with – sometimes referred to as the city’s fifth season. Multiple theories about the causes as well as possible solutions of smog in Lahore have come forward throughout the years, but the Punjab Government has no other answer than trans-boundary pollution. Therefore it cannot be controlled. And therefore, it is not a concern of the Punjab Government.

COVID Watch | 4th December 2020

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Following Punjab and Islamabad, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday banned indoor dining at eateries and hotels, however delivery and takeaway services have been exempted.
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Rights Watch | December 4th 2020

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Four women of a family had been raped in captivity by nine people to avenge a girl’s elopement in Choubara tehsil of Layyah.
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Rights Watch | 3rd December 2020

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Rights Watch | 2nd December 2020

Is Nawaz’s battle cry for salvation or civilian supremacy

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October 17th, 2020; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; In an unprecedented first, Punjab’s most popular leader called out a sitting army head, Qamar Bajwa & ISI Chief General Faiz on meddling in politics, kidnapping journalists, & pressurizing the judiciary

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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

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