Health Stories

A country where even vaccination is a privilege

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May 27th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; “6000 people live in my camp. Out of these 3000 are eligible for the vaccine. But not even one has been vaccinated so far,” says Hameed Safi, an Afghan Refugee residing in a camp in Charssadah.

Busting vaccine myths

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Why are antibody test counts so low after getting vaccinated for COVID-19? Is it unsafe for pregnant women to get the jab? Is AstraZeneca's vaccine dangerous for younger people? Health experts have the answers...

Lahore hospitals on the brink of oxygen shortage

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April 25th, 2021; Asra Haque & Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; As critical cases increase, so does the healthcare sector's demand for oxygen cylinders. But suppliers are already diverting industrial supplies to hospitals and are warning of an India-like situation if the pandemic is not reined in.

REGEN-COV effective in reducing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms

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April 16th, 2021; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; One REGEN-COV clinical trial showed that the antibody cocktail provided 72% protection against symptomatic COVID19 infection in the first week and 93% by the second week

Despite govt optimism, a vaccine shortfall is on the horizon

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With just a few hundred-thousands of vaccines in supply remaining, the Federal Government is worryingly optimistic that it will receive an expected three million CanSinoBIO doses in time.

The third wave is unlike anything Pakistan has dealt with before

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The tried and true smart lockdown policy might not work for the recent COVID-19 wave in which the UK variant, a far more transmissible mutation of the original virus, is wreaking havoc in Pakistan.

Is Pakistan buying COVID vaccine?

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March 12th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Pakistan has finalized a deal with a Chinese company for the purchase of COVID vaccine doses but critics say despite the agreement the country will not have enough doses on time to vaccinate the entire population.

SC commutes sentence of mentally-ill death row convicts in landmark verdict

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February 10th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 10, passed a landmark verdict on the cases of mentally ill prisoners on death row, commuting the sentences of two inmates with severe schizophrenia while directing prison officials to file a fresh mercy petition for the third death row inmate.

Lahore epicenter of polio transmission: global body

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February 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has noted that Lahore has become the epicenter of polio transmission in Punjab, casting doubt on the efficacy of the provincial government’s anti-polio eradication program. In its 19th monitoring report, the IMB noted that Punjab had remained free of sustained wild poliovirus transmission for more than two years, until mid-2018. “Lahore has become the epicenter of this transmission, with continuous detection of positive environmental samples and periodic incidence of polio cases,” the board said. According to the IMB assessment, the suboptimal quality of anti-polio eradication campaigns in parts of Lahore, many with migrant Pashtun communities, is largely responsible. The board warned that ‘it puts Lahore at risk of becoming an endemic reservoir like other provincial capitals that reinfect other parts of the country’.

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