UNICEF hands over 1000 oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 patients
Mon, 23 Aug 2021,
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP):United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) handed over 1000 oxygen concentrators and related accessories worth $1.4 million to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNH,R&C).
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan received the life-saving medical devices used for treating patients suffering from coronavirus infection, birth asphyxia and complicated pneumonia, from the UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Aida Girma, said a press release issued here.
“The Delta variant has contributed to the current wave of Covid-19 in Pakistan and with a resultant inflow of hospitalized patients,” said APM Dr. Faisal Sultan. “UNICEF’s timely contribution will supplement the ministry’s continuous efforts to augment the healthcare system and provide the best possible care to all patients.
We value our partnership with UNICEF, which actively participates in various aspects of Pakistan’s pandemic response.”
The 1000 Oxygen Concentrators which have been procured by UNICEF with funds provided by the Government of Canada’s global contributions Accelerator Supplies Financing Facility, will be distributed by the MoNH,R&C to 289 health facilities in four provinces and the federal areas of Islamabad.
UNICEF commends the Government of Pakistan’s enduring efforts to fight the recurrent waves of coronavirus in the country and is determined to continue its support to national response, including through the procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines or life-saving medical equipment, such as Oxygen Concentrators,” said Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan.
“With the fourth wave of COVID-19 and the new Delta variant causing yet another spike of infections across the country, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, we are campaigning hard for all men and women above 18 years of age, to get vaccinated while continuing to strictly adhere to precautionary measures, such as social distancing, wearing of facial mask, frequent hand-washing with soap to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Including the latest consignment, UNICEF has so far provided a total of 3065 Oxygen Concentrators to the Government of Pakistan, during the last twelve months.
Earlier, UNICEF had provided 525 Oxygen concentrators from its own funds, 220 from funds received from the Asian Development Bank and 1320 from the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Funding.
To date, UNICEF has delivered over 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan on behalf of the COVAX facility and another 11 million doses are in the pipeline expected to arrive by next month.
With the help of two million dollars funding of Asian Development Bank, UNICEF has bought important laboratory equipment for the government of Pakistan. This equipment will be useful in tackling #COVID19 in Pakistan.
The goods have been bought by UNICEF in consultation with the Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan and the National Institute of Health and are being distributed among twenty laboratories across the country.
Pakistan has gifted 10,000 Protective Suits, 100,000 Face Masks, 25 ICU Ventilators & 100 BiPAPs Ventilators to Palestine. The equipment will be transported to Palestine through the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.
The United States (US) on Thursday provided about 3.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan through the COVAX facility to assist the country in vaccinating its population against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pakistan reported 4,553 new cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the tally for confirmed cases to 1,140,411.
At least 85 deaths were also reported during the said period. A total of 25,320 patients have succumbed to the virus in the country so far. Moreover, 3,413 recoveries were also reported during the past 24-hour period, taking total recoveries to 1,022,847.
According to a press release issued by the US State Department today, the donation is part of the 500 million Pfizer doses the United States purchased this summer to deliver to 92 countries worldwide, including Pakistan, to fulfil President Joe Biden’s commitment to provide safe and effective vaccines around the world and supercharge the global fight against the pandemic.
Today’s donation of 3.7 million vaccines is in addition to the 5.5 million Moderna vaccine doses that the US government donated to Pakistan in July, bringing the total number of doses sent from the United States to Pakistan to over 9.2 million, the communique added.
“There is an urgency, now more than ever, to put an end to this devastating pandemic, and Pakistan and the United States are continuing to work together to achieve that goal,” said US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler. “The United States is proud to partner with the Pakistani people to defeat COVID-19. Together, we will continue to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.”
The state department further said that the US had also given more than $63 million in Covid-19 assistance to the government of Pakistan.
“Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has worked together with Pakistan to improve infection prevention and control, enhance patient care, expand laboratory testing, and support frontline healthcare workers,” it added.
Pakistan purchases 12 MN more doses of Covid-19 Vaccines from China
August 30, 2021
Four special flights of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carried a fresh batch of 12 million doses of Sinovac vaccines from Beijing to Islamabad on Sunday.
The PIA airlifted the Sinovac vaccine doses obtained from China and brought it to Pakistan for the people under the government’s ongoing prevention and control drive against Covid-19.
The PIA Country Manager for China said, “PIA special flights PK-6852, PK-6853, PK-6854 and PK-6856 transported 12 million doses of Sinovac vaccine procured from China for vaccination of people under government’s ongoing prevention and control drive against Covid-19 pandemic.”
He further said that under able leadership of its Chief Executive Officer, Arshad Malik, the national flag carrier had so far airlifted 57 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine through 47 special flights.
He added, “Till now, PIA has brought around 17 million doses of Sinopharm and 40 million doses of Sinovac and CanSino vaccines from China to Pakistan.”
It is worth mentioning that the government under its mass vaccination drive has set a target to vaccinate 75 million people by the end of 2021. So far, over 51 million vaccines have been administered. Chinese vaccines namely Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino, besides other vaccines, are being used in the mass vaccination drive.
The health authorities launched the nationwide vaccination drive with around a million doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China, starting with older people and frontline healthcare workers, in March this year.
The United States will begin sending over 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan on Thursday, Voice Of America (VOA) reported, citing a White House spokesperson.
The 4,149,990 doses being sent through the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative are in addition to the more than 9.2 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine already donated to Pakistan since June.
“As President Biden has said: the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home,” the spokesperson told VOA.
“We are working to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people around the world as fast as possible.”
On Wednesday, Pakistan reported 3,559 Covid-19 cases after carrying out a total of 53,637 tests countrywide during the past 24 hours with a positivity ratio of 6.64 per cent, which has taken the national cases tally to 1,163,688 since the pandemic outbreak.
Earlier on Thursday, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar warned that patient inflow at hospitals as well as the occupancy of critical care patients is the highest in Pakistan since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
As Pakistan endeavours to curtail the spread of the novel virus, it is also rushing to inoculate its population, with the country administering 1,590,309 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the highest in a single day, on August 31.
Meanwhile, 35% of Pakistan's eligible population has so far received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The country has also started vaccinating citizens aged 17 with the Pfizer vaccine along with immunocompromised individuals between 12 to 17 years of age.
Eyeing expansion, Pakistan's Citi Pharma Limited said that it is planning to establish a multi-million dollar, wholly-owned, subsidiary in Uzbekistan.
The company has signed an agreement with the Deputy Governor Namangan Region, Uzbekistan to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company in Uzbekistan, informed Citi Pharma in its filing to the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Thursday.
“This venture will enable the company to produce syrups, liquids, psychotropic products, general section etc,” read the statement.
Citi Pharma informed that, subject to regulatory approvals, the said project shall be completed within one year. “The project will be undertaken at a total project cost of $3 million whereby Citi Pharma would contribute $1 million as equity while local/ international banks at Uzbekistan will provide a long-term debt of $2 million at subsidised rates.”
The government of Uzbekistan has sanctioned a land area of 5 hectares (12.35 acres) free of cost.
Furthermore, the underlying project would have a tax free status for a period of 10 years, the notice added.
“This intended subsidiary company will be producing the substitute of the formulations products which Uzbekistan is currently importing from different countries,” said Citi Pharma.
“However, Citi Pharma Limited will be providing API material to its subsidiary and other pharmaceutical companies in Uzbekistan from Pakistan and also will get foothold in Uzbekistan to develop export market.”
Back in June, Citi Pharma raised Rs2.32 billion in total, making it the second pharma sector IPO in 23 years.
Citi Pharma has achieved revenue growth from Rs 1,016 million in FY16 to Rs 3,528 million in FY20, a 36.2% CAGR in 5 years. The company recorded Rs 4,015 million in sales during the nine months of FY21 already surpassing last year’s sales.
The company is planning to expand its existing capacity of 3,600 tonnes per annum of paracetamol to 6,000 tonnes per annum. In addition, the company says it plans to add new APIs as well as a pharmaceutical formulation, or final products, to its existing product line.
The Health Services Academy (HSA) will join the China-Pakistan Health Corridor Initiative by signing multiple collaborative agreements with its Chinese counterpart organizations that will be represented at the 11th Annual Public Health Conference of the Academy scheduled on September 23-24.
A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect will be signed between the Chairman of the China-Pakistan Health Corridor Dr. Lee and Vice Chancellor of HSA Prof. Shahzad Ali Khan.
In another historic development, the Department of Public Health of Wuhan University will sign an MoU for multiple cooperation in academic partnership between China and Pakistan in the field of public health. Key component of this collaboration will include digital health, medical technology, traditional medicine, and joint health research projects.
Through yet another agreement, the WHO Traditional Medicine Foundation of China will seek collaboration with HSA in the field of Traditional and Alternative Medicine (TAM) in Pakistan. Digital Human will sign an MoU with HSA for the establishment of the Digital Human Project and Digital Medicine Lab at HSA.
With its headquarter in Jinan, the China-Pakistan Health Corridor initiative is a multidisciplinary interconnected group of centers consisting of medical universities, hospitals, traditional medicine academies, and research and training centres in countries along the Belt and Road linked together by telemedicine, artificial intelligence, VR/AR, and big data.
The China-Pakistan Health Corridor has several cooperation established between Chinese and Pakistani universities, hospitals, and medical institutes. Cooperation with China Medical University, Fuwai Hospital, Weifang People’s Hospital, The Lancet, Mayo International Clinic, Xian Jiaotong University, Sino-Pak Joint Research Lab, and Qingdao Binhai University are particularly worth mentioning.
PESHAWAR: Lady Reading Hospital has introduced clinical pharmacy and e-prescription services to ensure correct dosage of medicines for safety of patients and putting brakes on misuse of drugs and other medical supplies.
It is for the first time in the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that any public sector hospital has introduced such services.
“The hospital has been issuing medicines to admitted people on indent book, issued to patients in wards. Under the new system, the patients get medicines directly from the hospital pharmacy through e-prescription. It has helped us to make proper use of the medicines procured for free provision to people,” LRH Pharmacy Manager Mohammad Amir told Dawn.
The health facility has also started e-prescription
He said that physicians uploaded the details of drugs required by patients through online system that were issued to the relevant wards. He said that under the old system, drugs were issued to the wards that were provided to the patients from there. “The new mechanism has enabled the doctors to get the required quantity of drugs and put brakes on waste of the medicines at the hospital,” he added.
The change has been the outcome of Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act, 2015 under which 11 teaching hospitals and affiliated medical colleges have been granted financial and administrative autonomy.
LRH was the first hospital in the province to enforce the law. It has 25 pharmacists now to streamline the pharmaceutical services for the effective care of patients. The hospital had only three pharmacists in 2017.
Dr Amir, who holds a PhD degree from abroad in pharmacy, said that they established main warehouse to supply medicines and other items to the store from where those were issued to the wards on demand.
“We have also established satellite pharmacies in gynea, paeds surgery and accident and emergency department to enable the patients to get the desired medicines promptly. More satellite pharmacies are being established,” he said. He added that all the supplies were made electronically that were recorded in the system and could be checked when needed.
A ‘pharmacy informatics lab’ has also been established to ensure correct use of medicines, its delivery and latest knowledge for the betterment of patients. LRH is the first public sector hospital to upgrade pharmacy services that also include clinical pharmacy under which the pharmacists and physicians discuss use of medicines to patients.
“The physicians at the hospitals also appreciate the clinical pharmacy because under it our colleagues ensure that the patients get right doses of certain drugs and avoidance of complication coming out of combination of drugs,” said Dr Amir.
He said that their clinical pharmacists visited the wards and made interventions with regard to prescriptions. He said that in 98 per cent cases, the physicians agreed and subsequently the most appropriate medication was given to the patients. “In this way, we have stopped duplication of antibiotics and other drugs,” he added.
Pharmacist Azizullah Khan said that they had also setup OPD pharmacy where patients received drugs at eight per cent discount from the market. “The people get right medicines because we purchase drugs in bulk from 30 top pharmaceutical companies, which give us more discounts that are transferred to the patients,” he said.
He said that they also installed cold chain system to keep certain medicines under the required temperature and patients got quality drugs.
Karachi: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences announced establishment of Pakistan’s first of its kind cancer research laboratory.
The laboratory would produce medicines for all types of cancer in next three years as this ailment was not responding to available drugs, said LUMHS vice chancellor Prof Dr Bikha Ram.
Flanked by LUMHS Medical Research Centre director Dr Binafsha Manzoor Syed at local press club, the VC said that the laboratory was fully funded by the Higher Education Commission which was sponsoring six projects in LUMHS at a cost of Rs1,582m.
Consignments originating from the United States and China carrying a total of 6.6 million Covid vaccines have landed on Sunday in Islamabad on the back of the international COVAX program and a gift from the neighbor government respectively.
One shipment, reaching Pakistan via a Pakistan International Airlines flight, carries 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccines that is a gift to Pakistan from the Chinese government.
Separately another shipment, via a private airline flight, carries 3.6 million Pfizer doses landing in Pakistan from the global Covax program.
The vaccines will be portioned out to the provinces based on their needs and for this the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has asked the provinces for their data and requisitions.
So far Pakistan has received 140 million Covid vaccine doses out of which 100 million were bought while 380 million were donated to it.
The break up of the donated is between Covax program that claims 30 million doses while 8 million were given to Pakistan from China as aid.