Health Stories

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’.

Healthcare in a dismal state in Balochistan’s conflict-hit areas: study

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January 31st, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A study has found conflict-hit parts of Balochistan have dismal health coverage for women and children as former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik said provision of healthcare infrastructure remains a challenge for successive governments.

Life in the Time of COVID

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The year has ended but COVID is still around. Will dealing with an uncertain future be the new normal in 2021? Voicepk.net brings to you the stories of five working women from across Pakistan, who have lost their livelihood due to the global pandemic, but not their strength.

Overcrowding in Pakistan’s prisons increase risk of corona among inmates: report

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December 22nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A report released by the Federal Ministry of Human Rights and the UNDP states that Pakistan’s prisons are overcrowded by 134%, with many inmates at risk of contracting the coronavirus due to their advanced age and poor health.

‘German sister’ gets top award for work on leprosy

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Dr. Chris Schmotzer, has been awarded the top German civil award, Order of Merit, for outstanding contribution to the treatment of leprosy in Pakistan.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Month: Dispelling the myths

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December 5th, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; For HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, voicepk.net sat down with an HIV positive patient, who shed light on the hurdles patients face in our oppressive society, and dispelled several myths surrounding the disease

Convicted prisoners cant access medical facilities; petition filed

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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.

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International Stories

2,107 Pak prisoners to return home from KSA

May 11th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; After two years of Saudi promise, over 2000 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia will finally be repatriated home under an agreement signed between Islamabad and Riyadh on exchange of convicted prisoners.

وزیراعظم کا یورپی یونین کے تحفظات دور کرنے کا عندیہ

مئی ٤ ٢٠٢١; تحریر: ریحان پراچہ; لاہور; وزیراعظم عمران خان نے عندیہ دیا ہے کہ پاکستان ختم نبوت کے قانون پر سمجھوتہ نہیں کرے گا لیکن یورپی یونین کے تحفظات دور کرے گا جس کا احاطہ حالیہ یورپی پارلیمان کی قرار داد میں کیا گی

UNDP highlights glaring economic inequality in the country

April 20th, 2021; Staff Report; LAHORE; According to the 'National Human Rights Development' report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), at least six percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP) is handed over to the elite class in the form of direct or indirect privileges.

India’s new laws are discriminating against Kashmiris: UN experts

April 17th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; India’s illegal annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and imposition of new laws in the disputed territory discriminate against Muslim and other minorities in employment and land ownership, UN human rights expert stated in a letter to New Delhi in February.