Dashing cricketer Shahid Afridi is to front efforts to eradicate polio from Pakistan, going head-to-head with militants who have banned vaccinations in an al Qaeda-linked stronghold on the Afghan border.
The charismatic former Pakistan captain was born in Khyber district, which is part of the militant-infested tribal belt, and campaigners hope his Pashto credentials can persuade parents to inoculate their children.
“It is a noble cause and I am happy to be part of smashing polio from Pakistan which has crippled many children,” Afridi told AFP.
He said the main target was remote areas of Pakistan, such as the al Qaeda and Taliban infested tribal belt on the Afghan border. (complete news)
Dr. M. Naeem Taj, a talented general and laparoscopic surgeon currently heading the Department of Surgery at Islamabad’s Capital Hospital, has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records by successfully removing the world’s longest gall bladder through a 1 centimetre umbilical incision.
FAISALABAD: In 2004, Aarifa Karim Randhawa was the youngest ever Microsoft certified professional in the world. Born in 1995, she received the prestigious title at the age of nine.
On December 22, Aarifa was admitted to Lahore’s CMH hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. On Thursday, doctors said there is no hope for her survival, and that her life support could be switched off ‘at any time’.
Aarifa’s father, Lt Col (Retd) Amjad Karim Randhawa told The Express Tribune that she had suffered an epileptic attack, which caused severe brain and heart damage. Randhawa said “only a miracle will allow my brilliant, genius daughter to live now”. (complete news, previous post on her)
Aarifa Karim, a Pakistani girl from Faisalabad who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in 2004 at the age of nine, is in a critical condition in a hospital, Express News reported on Thursday.
The doctors say that Karim had a heart attack which affected her brain, causing her to slip into a coma.
Karim had earned the Fatima Jinnah gold medal and Salam Pakistan Youth Award in 2005 over her achievement.
She was also invited to the Microsoft Headquarters in the US by Bill Gates for being the World’s youngest MCP.
Karim also earned her first flight certificate by flying a plane at a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10, and was invited by Microsoft in 2006 to be a key-note speaker at the Tech-Ed Developers Conference, where she was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers.
She is currently 16 years old and is studying at Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus. (News)
Pakistani: We posted on her before 2 years ago here. We wish her a speedy recovery!
KARACHI: Dr. Tariq Ali Bangash who directed Pakistan’s first successful cadaver liver transplant at Sheikh Zayed Hospital Lahore shares his experiences regarding the historic achievement.
The inspiring lecture was organised by Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). Dr. Bangash said that Dr. Adeeb Rizvi has always been his inspiration and his father always encouraged him to be like Dr. Rizvi and nothing else. He said that Dr. Rizvi also did the homework of the first cadaver liver transplant in Pakistan.
The cadaveric liver transplant is a process in which the liver of a deceased person is transferred into a patient. In this case, the liver was donated by Mohammad Arsalan, a 16-year-old matriculation student from Lahore. Arsalan had been wounded and was admitted to the hospital three days before the transplantation and had asked his parents to donate his liver in the case of his death.
On August 13, 2011, Pakistani media highlighted the first successful attempt of a liver transplant. A team of professionals led by Dr. Bangash retrieved the liver at 3:30 pm; the transplant process started at 9:00 pm and finished the process at 5:00 am.
Pakistan Kidney Patients Association - Promotional Video (via MkProds)
Kidney or Renal diseases pose a serious trouble to Pakistanis of all ages and we are going to use this video to direct you to more information about the problem. Most of the time best safeguard against this is good information.
It was like a dream come true for 12-year old Naima Gul, resident of Mingora, Swat, when she became the first female pilot of the Pakistan Army Aviation, after her wish was granted by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how long I will live, but today my dream has come true,” Naima said, speaking at her induction ceremony.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are on the verge of deepening bilateral ties just now but according to the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society the two countries have had their sights on each other for very much longer.
“We have been donating eyes to Pakistan since 1971, says Irangani Silva, President of the Eye Donation Society - a non-governmental organisation involved in donating eyes, bones and amnion a type of tissue- since 1961.
“Pakistan is the largest recipient of eyes from Sri Lanka. As far as we know, we are the only suppliers of eyes to Pakistan right now,” said Silva speaking to Lanka Business Online.This year, up until now, Pakistan imported 500 corneas from Sri Lanka compared to the 344 for the whole of last year.
For more click on the link to Lanka Business Online.
If that stirred an interest read more about Hudson Silva the man behind the noble task which has changed lives of millions worldwide. There is a hospital in Pakistan named after him in his honour.
My career as an international drug carrier got its start with a bad case of the flu. I had just arrived in Pakistan, and not knowing any doctors, turned to my driver for help. He produced a small foil packet of dubious-looking brown granules and instructed me to dissolve them in hot water, and drink the brew three times a day. The effect was instant: my scratchy throat was soothed, my cough subsided and my sniffles slowed. And it tasted good: a sweet licorice concoction redolent of mint, fennel and eucalyptus.
I had just been introduced to the national common denominator. Every Pakistani I’ve ever met, from drivers to generals to diplomats, depends on johar joshanda, as the herbal remedy is known, to combat colds and flu. Conversations with homesick Pakistanis abroad invariably turn to it. Call it chicken soup for the Pakistani soul.
Translated, johar joshanda means “essence of boiled stuff.” It comes from an ancient medicinal recipe of the Unani tradition — akin to a Muslim Ayurveda. Historically, the chief ingredients — licorice, Malabar nut, hyssop, tea, peppermint, fennel and eucalyptus — had to be boiled for hours, but manufacturers Qarshi Industries have modernized the method, reducing the brew to a concentrate, freeze-drying it like instant coffee, then packaging it in single-serve portions selling for eight cents a pop.
These packets are now permanent components of my traveling first-aid kit. Not only doesjohar joshanda help when you’re struck down with a virus, but it’s great for combating the effects of long-haul air travel or pollution. Offering it to other afflicted travelers inevitably depletes the entire stock in a trice, and leads to endless demands for more. Bulk orders, for the record, can be placed by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, but these days my stash is jealously guarded.