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The World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7th April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. Resources provided continue beyond 7 April, that is, the designated day for celebrating the World Health Day.

World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as through press releases issued in recent years by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Global Health Council.

 

Themes of World Health Days2014: Vector-borne diseases

2013: Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure

2012: Good health adds life to years

2011: Anti-microbial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

2010: Urbanization and health: make cities healthier

2009: Save lives, Make hospitals safe in emergencies

2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change

2007: International health security

2006: Working together for health

2005: Make every mother and child count

2004: Road safety

2003: Shape the future of life: healthy environments for children

2002: Move for health

2001: Mental Health: stop exclusion, dare to care

2000: Safe Blood starts with me

1999: Active aging makes the difference

1998: Safe motherhood

1997: Emerging infectious diseases

1996: Healthy Cities for better life

1995: Global Polio Eradication

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Pakistan Times

ISLAMABAD: 

Today, as the World Health Day is observed globally, here is an overview of the not enough successes and many challenges that Pakistan is faced with when it comes to health.

Before coming into power, the present Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership promised a revival and strengthening of the healthcare system in the country. But to date no drastic change has been seen, neither at the provincial nor the Federal levels.

Since Ministry of Health’s (MoH) devolution under the 18th Amendment in June 2011, Pakistan’s health sector is facing huge challenges. Pakistan is lagging far behind in achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015 and the burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases is spiking.

The polio peril

Despite getting due attention and ample funding, the Polio virus in Pakistan seems far from under control. A comparison by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of this year against the corresponding period last year shows that there has been a 700 per cent increase in the number of reported cases.

Last year in 2013 till this time period, a total of six cases of polio were reported; however this year they have reached a record number of 41.

Talking to The Express Tribune, an official of the Polio Eradication Initiative at WHO Pakistan said, “As of this week, Pakistan is responsible for 90 per cent of polio cases from the three endemic countries and almost 80 per cent of the entire world.”

He said the sole reason for such unprecedented increase in the number of cases is the inability to immunise children in areas where they could not be vaccinated for more than two years, which resulted in an outbreak that started in April of 2013 and is continuing unabated.

Immunisation alarms ring

The startling facts revealed by the Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (PDHS) 2012-13, paint a gloomy picture of the overall routine immunisation coverage across the country.

According to PDHS, currently only 54 per cent children in Pakistan aged 12-23 months are fully vaccinated against the nine vaccine preventable diseases against the 80 percent immunisation coverage recommended by the WHO.

Measles – another worry

Since 2011 Pakistan is unable to control the outbreak of measles due to delay in carrying out nationwide Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIAs). This has put the life of 64.5 million children aged between nine months and 10 years at risk.

According to the data gathered from the federal Extended Programme on Immunization (EPI), so far this year from January to March a total of 327 positive cases of measles and nine deaths have been reported from across the country. Out of these, 131 confirmed cases were reported from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), 84  from Sindh which resulted in five deaths (four in Thatta and one from Tando Muhammad Khan), 54 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir which resulted in four deaths, 40 from Balochistan, eight from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and three from the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

Talking to The Express Tribune, EPI National Manager Dr Ejaz Khan said that it is a fact that current routine coverage of routine immunisation in the country is not up to the mark but all-out efforts are under way to improve it through strengthening the EPI.

“We are trying to introduce new evidence-based technology and innovations to improve overall coverage by the end of this year,” he said. Khan was of the view that the delay in conducting nationwide SIAs against measles is one of the major reasons behind the outbreak of this disease in the country which has caused an immunity gap among children.

Once bitten, twice bitten

The dengue cases continue to be reported this year as well. According to the weekly Epidemiological Bulletin, compiled by WHO in collaboration with the Pakistani government, this year so far a total of 173 laboratory confirmed cases have been reported from across the country. Of these, 171 cases have been reported from Sindh and two from Punjab.

The Flu factor

According to a comparative analysis of Influenza A (H1N1) cases in 2013 and 2014, 2013 had a total of nine reported cases; however in 2014 from January to March a total of 23 positive cases have been reported. Of these 21 are from Punjab from which nine died. Three reported cases were from K-P.

On the other hand at the Federal level, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) suffers from a lack of professional staff and funds. “I do not have the professionals to fulfill the key vacant posts and there is a lack of funds to carry out awareness campaigns against infectious diseases,” a state minister said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.

 

Comment by Yasmeen(S.admin) on April 7, 2014 at 12:12pm

Awareness seminar on World Health Day

PAKISTAN  OBSERVER
Staff Reporter

Sunday, April 06, 2014 - Karachi—Fifty percent of the world population is at risk of vector borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases accounts for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseasescausing more than 1 million deaths annually. More than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countriesare at risk of contracting dengue alone. Pakistan has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever since 2010 resulting in deaths. There is need to provide technical support and guidance tocountries that can effectively manage cases and outbreaks. These views were expressed by experts at an Awareness Seminar on World Health Day 2014 organized by Dow University ofHealth Sciences at its Ojha Campus. The theme of World Health Day 2014 is ‘Preventing and controlling vector borne diseases. The Seminar aims to highlight public health issues which are of public importance and to create awareness among the educated youth of the society to share preventive messages for their community. 

Chief Guest Prof. Illahi Bux Soomro, Ex Principle of Dow Medical College sharing his views on the occasion said that stressed on to have preventive strategy to control vector borne diseases. He talked about the need for creating awareness about the disease at early stage. He said that this yearWorld Health Day campaign advocates for health authorities in countries where vector-borne diseases are a public health problem or emerging threat, to put in place measures to improve surveillance and protection

Prof. M. Umar Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor, DUHS in his remark informed that it’s a government duty to provide contusive environment. He also pledged to make all out sincere individual and collective efforts in the society for creating awareness among general public regarding vector borne disease and other ailments. 

Dr Kashif Shafique, Assistant Professor & Vice Dean, School of Public Health, Dow University ofHealth Sciences speaking on Introduction and Burden of Vector Born Diseases said that Malaria causes more than 600 000 deaths every year globally, most of them children under 5 years of age. WHO estimates there may be more than 100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. About 2.5 percent of those affected die. He revealed that since 2010, Pakistan has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever that has caused 16 580 confirmed cases and 257 deaths in Lahore and nearly 5000 cases and 60 deaths reported from the rest of the country. The three provinces facing the epidemic are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. With an estimated burden of 1.5 million cases annually, Pakistan has been categorized by WHO in the Group 3countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, along with Afghanistan, Djibouti, Somalia. The poorest of the poor in vulnerable communities, living in remote rural areas with limited access to health facilities, suffer the most. These diseases affect urban, peri-urban and rural communities but thrive predominantly among communities with poor living conditions –particularly lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation. He stressed to have joint force to inform your community about Vector borne disease and to provide the best evidence for controlling vectors and protecting people against infection. 

He further said that considering the importance of public health, the university is playing its due role for creating public awareness and preventive measure. Furthermore, he highlighted the achievement of Dow University since its inception. 

Dr Akhtar Ali Baloch, Professor of Medicine, Dow International Medical College said that Dengue is a dangerous illness, it can cause much suffering, and in some cases death. In November 2011, Dengue has killed over 300 people in the last several months and over 14,000 are infected by this mosquito born disease. Majority of the people infected are from the Lahore area in Punjab, Pakistan. 

Prof. Shaheen Sharafat from Department of Pathology, DIMC speaking on Malaria Challenges in Diagnosis said Education of health workers and communities about malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment is a vital component of effective case management, especially as diagnostic policies change. Preventing resistance emerging to insecticides used in vector control remains an ongoing challenge in an era of changing malaria epidemiology. Dr Rafiq Khanani, Director, IPER, DUHS and Prof. Tahir Masood of Karachi University also spoke on the occasion. 

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