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NICVD performs first stroke intervention procedure

Press Release
03 Nov 2021


KARACHI: The NICVD has performed its first intervention to prevent stroke in a 48 year old female came with the right sided stroke. The stroke was prevented by removing the clot successfully without any complications, by Prof Irfan Lutfi (Interventional Radiologist, NICVD) and his team.

“The patient Ms Sofia aged 48 years, was rushed to NICVD emergency with history of RT side weakness, facial asymmetry and dysarthria for last half an hour. We did CT scan to rule ICH and then it followed by CT angiogram to confirm large vessel occlusion there was cut off at left M1 segment MCA” said Dr. Irfan Lutfi.

“After diagnosing, the patient was declared as intervention candidate and taken to Cath Lab. We did procedure aspirate thrombus and followed run shows open of all MCA territory. The patient clinically improved after the procedure and mobilized with full power”.

Dr Lutfi said it was alarming that the second major cause of death in Pakistan is a stroke and lack of proper awareness. But, by the grace of Almighty Allah, now thousands of patients will be benefited from this free of cost “Interventional Stroke Treatment” at NICVD Karachi.

Appreciating and congratulating team NICVD, Prof Nadeem Qamar (Executive Director, NICVD) said a major breakthrough has been achieved in the medical history by NICVD Karachi with the introduction of catheter-based stroke treatment.
CM Mahmood Khan & others inaugurated work on KPK's biggest Women and Children Hospital in Swabi. The hospital will be constructed at a cost of 3.8 Billion rupees in 43 kanals of lands and would be completed in 2 years.


BEIJING, Nov 12 (APP):Chinese enterprise on Friday gifted a batch of 100,000 Covid-19 testing kits and sample releaser buffer to Pakistan to bolster its capacity in the ongoing fight agains the pandemic.

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque, Chairman of China-Pakistan Friendship Association, Ambassador Sha Zukang, Vice President of Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Li Xikui, Secretary General of China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, Wang Longshe, Deputy General Manager of the donor organization (Wuhan EasyDiagnosis Biomedicine Co., Ltd.), Wang Rui, senior officials and representatives of media organisations attended handing over ceremony held at the Pakistan Embassy.

Thanking Chinese enterprise for the generous gift, Ambassador Moin ul Haque paid rich tribute to Chinese people and government for supporting Pakistan in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He highlighted that Pakistan-China closer cooperation during the pandemic had added another glorious chapter to the proud history of bilateral relations
Ambassador Haque said that the donation of testing kit indeed would be immensely helpful in supporting Pakistan’s fight against COVID-19.

As Iron Brothers and the most reliable partners, Pakistan and China stood together amid the crisis and extended to each other utmost support and assistance.

He informed that Chinese vaccines have been a backbone of Pakistan’s inoculation drive and so far, about 130 million doses have been delivered to Pakistan from China, adding, “Today’s ceremony is yet another demonstration of this act of friendship and generosity.”

Ambassador Haque especially appreciated Ambassador Sha Zukang and CPAFFC for their continued support to Pakistan throughout the pandemic.

In his speech, Li Xikui said that as iron-brothers and all-weather strategic partners, Pakistan and China stood together in their fight against the pandemic and extended complete support to each other.
He said that CPAFFC would continue to meet Pakistan’s critical needs in future as well.

In his remarks, Ambassador Sha Zukang said that anti-pandemic cooperation between Pakistan and China has been mutually beneficial for both countries.

He recalled that Pakistan had also extended utmost support to China at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak and provided everything it had in the stores including the strategic reserves.

Wang Rui, Deputy GM of Wuhan Easy Diagnosis Biomedicine, introduced their products which have performed well in China’s fight against the pandemic.

He announced that they will not only donate the materials but also provide Pakistan with their technical support.
Nucleic acid tests with high sensitivity, specificity and rapid reaction time play an irreplaceable role in the prevention and control of the pandemic and clinical diagnosis of suspected patients.

Wang said, “In the battle against the pandemic in China, we have served more than 2,000 medical institutions in China with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Nucleic Acid Test Kits.”

“In addition, our products have been exported to more than 50 countries and regions. Today, we decided to donate our products to our iron brother.”

The ceremony was especially organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China which is being celebrated this year.
Ahmed Farooq, Minister/DCM of Pakistani embassy in China and other embassy staff and friendly people from both countries witnessed the event.
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Fresh batches of 15m Sinovac doses arrive from China

PIA airlifted new consignments from December 10 to 15, says national flag carrier official

December 15, 2021

BEIJING: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has transported fresh consignments of 15 million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines by five special flights from the Capital International Airport Beijing to Islamabad.

The national flag carrier launched special flights PAK-6852, PAK-6853, PK-6856, PK-6857 and PK-6858 respectively and airlifted fresh consignments of Sinovac vaccine from December 10 to December 15, PIA Country Manager Qadir Bux Sangi said on Wednesday.

He added that a PIA special flight PK-6858 carrying 3 million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines left the Chinese capital for Islamabad.

Last week, Pakistan Ambassador to China Moinul Haque had thanked China for standing by Pakistan during testing times, including the fight against Covid-19.

"The vaccine campaign which is going [on] in Pakistan, the 90 per cent of it is being done through vaccines provided by China," he said.

In a recent statement, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson remarked that the China-Pakistan joint fight against the Covid-19 pandemic had achieved positive progress and set a good example for the world.

"Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our two countries have stood together in mutual assistance," he said in response to a question asked by APP.

He said that the Chinese side always attached high importance to Pakistan’s needs on vaccines and "we have engaged in close cooperation".

The spokesperson said that China had provided strong support to Pakistan. Just a few days ago, he said, 200,000 doses of vaccines from China Red Cross Society were transported to Islamabad.

Chinese were already engaging in joint production of vaccines in Pakistan and it would stand together with Pakistan to help it defeat the virus, he added.

In an earlier statement, the spokesperson remarked that since the outbreak, China and Pakistan had been supporting each other. "When China was in the middle of the anti-epidemic war, Pakistan was among the first to help China," he added.

In the same way, he said, the Chinese side had been helping and assisting Pakistan with testing agents, masks protective suits and vaccines. "These were concrete steps illustrating iron brother relationship between the two countries."

As per the latest figures, Pakistan had vaccinated 25 per cent of its total population and 37 per cent of its eligible population against the novel coronavirus.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan was the first country in the world, which received a coronavirus vaccine from China as a donation.

On February 1, 2020, the first batch of 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived by a special plane in Islamabad.

Later, on February 8, China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) delivered a batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Pakistan armed forces at the latter’s request.
Pfizer Pakistan announces to sponsor four lung health screening clinics

by The Frontier Post


KARACHI: Pfizer Pakistan today announced that it will be sponsoring four lung health screening clinics, to support the expansion of Indus Hospital & Health Network’s (IHHN) existing Obstructive Lung Diseases (OLD) program. Under its commitment, Pfizer will be funding the functioning of four IHHN lung health screening clinics in Badin and Tharparkar in Sindh and Rahim Yar Khan (Bhong) and Lahore in Punjab. IHHN’s OLD program is intended to work towards a sole purpose of actively screening all patients for OLD, ensuring early and accurate diagnosis.

“Our aim is to support IHHN’s efforts to identify early signs of obstructive lung disease, which is a respiratory disease characterized by airway obstruction. The funds provided by us will be utilized towards purchase and maintenance of critical equipment and supporting salaries of technicians,” said Syed Muhammad Wajeehuddin, Country Manager Pfizer Pakistan. “This is a collaboration between two reputable organizations that have always kept the interest of their patients and quality paramount. We have complete confidence that these clinics will be instrumental in ensuring a healthy and happy Pakistan. Partnerships like these support our purpose: Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives.”

“One of the biggest challenges in addressing chronic lung disease, such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, in Pakistan is accurate diagnosis,” said Dr. Saima Saeed, Director, Lung Health Program, IHHN. “We are grateful to Pfizer for their donation, which allows access to spirometry within primary care; this is rare in Pakistan. It will reduce the burden of this much neglected non-communicable disease by enabling life-saving interventions to be made sooner and so make a huge impact.”

About Pfizer: Breakthroughs That Change Patients’ Lives Pfizer has been working for the health and wellbeing of patients in Pakistan for more than 60 years. Our business in Pakistan is part of the global Pfizer Inc. operations, first founded in 1849 in New York, USA. Pfizer Pakistan’s reach for patients is 20 million of 200 million.

At Pfizer Pakistan, we provide access to safe, innovative and affordable medicines to millions of Pakistanis. Having a portfolio of medicines that prevent, treat and cure diseases across a range of therapeutic areas allows Pfizer Pakistan to enjoy the reputation of being a leading drug maker in the country.

Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time.
Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 170 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more about our operations in Pakistan, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.pk.
Dr. Faisal appreciates China, Pakistan collaboration on locally-produced vaccines

December 27, 2021

Dr. Faisal Sultan, SAPM Imran Khan on Health, has said that the locally-produced vaccines with the help of China have garnered a good response locally and China has always supported Pakistan in the hour of need.
During March this year, Pakistan signed a deal with Chinese company, CansinoBio to import a concentrate of the vaccine in bulk to process and package the vaccine locally. The SAPM informed that the local manufacturing of the China-based vaccine will continue to meet the demand of the country.

Pakistan-manufactured Covid vaccines, produced with China’s help, are getting a great response at the vaccination centers, officials said on Saturday evening.

Pakistan had signed a deal with Chinese company CansinoBio in late March to import a concentrate of the vaccine in bulk to process and package the vaccine locally.

Later, Pakistan started producing the single-dose Chinese CanSinoBio, COVID-19 vaccine to be able to deliver 3 million doses a month with the new name PakVac.

A National Institute of Health (NIH) spokesperson informed that millions of doses had been sent to the vaccination centers since the inauguration of the production plant in Islamabad.

Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Imran Khan on Health, told Gwadar Pro that the Chinese vaccines were highly effective and appreciated in Pakistan.

“The locally produced vaccines with the help of China got a great response. China has stood by us in this hour of need,” he maintained, citing the Covid pandemic.

Sultan mentioned that China had supported Pakistan more than any other countries to control the Covid pandemic.

The SAPM informed that the local manufacturing of the China-based vaccine will continue to meet the demand of the country.

NIH Executive Director Professor Aamer Ikram said the co-production along with CanSino in Pakistan was a great effort by both sides.

Ikram elaborated that the Chinese firm was supplying a vaccine concentrate which the “plant then formulates, processes and packages.”

CanSinBio had transferred some of its production technology to Pakistan and was supervising operations, he remarked.

Quality control, he added, was being carried out by Pakistan. “We have acquired technology and expertise to ensure quality control,” he underscored.

According to NIH, PakVac is saving around 25% on vaccine costs. Pakistan, which has a population of 220 million people, faced initial vaccination hesitancy and a shortage of vaccine supplies but later started mass vaccination for all adults.

Pakistan heavily relied on All-Weather-Friend China in vaccine procurement and of the six vaccines approved for use in Pakistan, three – Sinopharm, SinoVac and CanSinoBio – are from China.

In an earlier statement, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said: “Our cooperation (co-production of vaccines) not only effectively contributes to Pakistan’s efforts in fighting the Covid-19 but reduces its (Pakistan’s) dependence on vaccine import.”
Under construction 600 bed Institute of Cardiology in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab.



Under Construction 200 bed Institute of Cardiology in Dera Ghazi Khan....



New 20 Modular Operation Theatres are ready for inauguration in March at Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar the second Government hospital of country to get ISO Certification.

Taimur Jhagra inspected new Modular OT and directed Khyber Teaching Hospital Administration for it’s swift inauguration..




Construction of buildings for ......
1) Accident & Emergency and
2) Orthopaedic and Spine are in last phase at Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar.



National immunisation campaign has begun in 151 districts of the country...

Dedicated workers reach more than 4️⃣0️⃣ million children with the life-saving polio vaccine..


Mother & Child Hospital in Charsadda has been completed. The hospital is expected to be operational within 2 to 3 months.




Construction work at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Cancer Hospital Karachi.

It will be opened for patients at the end of next year. It will be bigger than SKMT Peshawar and Lahore.






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