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100 drug dependence treatment practitioners trained : UNODC

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ISLAMABAD: The Country Office, United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) has successfully imparted training to 100 drug dependence treatment practitioners on the Basic Level of Universal Treatment Curriculums (UTC).
The UTC (1-8) includes 4A and then to have a cadre of Pakistan National Trainers on Basic Level UTC (1-8) and to support credentialing by International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) through Training of Trainers (ToT).
Held recently in Lahore and Karachi, these training will be completed by January 2019 and followed up by a refresher course leading to certification to International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP).
The successful candidates will be able to attend ToT, to increase and strengthen services on drug dependence treatment in the country.
As per details, a total of 37 participants attended the two pieces of training in Lahore from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while training in Karachi was attended by 28 drug treatment professionals from Sindh and Balochistan.
These trainings were planned with coordination of Universal Training Curriculum (UTC) selection committee
comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC), Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Health and UNODC.
The trainings were interactive using adult learning methodology. It was a learners center approach, utilizing various
tools group work, brainstorming, question-answer sessions, pair work, role plays, reflective practice and energizers
by the trainers as mentioned in manual.
A special care was given to fidelity in line with training manual and feedback was also given as per need.
The training evaluation was conducted at various levels by including a pre-post evaluation questionnaire prepared by
UNODC Monitoring and Evaluation Unit with help of trainers for each group to assess knowledge of participants; and evaluation at different levels by trainers.
After completing UTC 1 & 2 all participants will be offered the nearest (geographical location) training location out of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi for rest of UTC trainings.
It merits mentioned here that since 2010, the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has supported the development of global training series appropriate for certification of addiction professionals in South Asia region.
The overall goal of training series has been to reduce significant health, social, and economic problems associated with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) by building international treatment capacity through training, professionalizing, and expanding the global treatment workforce.
The training prepares counselors and other health providers for professional certification at entry level, by providing the latest information about SUDs and their treatment.
The current two years project is supported by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

 

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5-Day anti-polio drive from Sep 24

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RAWALPINDI: A five-day anti-polio drive would commence in the entire district from September 24.
During the campaign,2181 polio teams would go door-to-door and administer polio drops to 840,000 children less than five years of age, Chief Executive Officer (CEO- Health) Dr. Khalid Mehmood told the Media. He said staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions and informed that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.
Dr. Khalid said that 287 fixed centers and 287 transit points have been designated for the purpose. Moreover, he added that 217 Union council Supervisors and 448 area in charges have also been deployed for it. Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned in our efforts to make the campaign a success.
The CEO
said Polio is a National issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country Polio free
The CEO urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role in the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved.” He said continuous efforts were being made to control polio. Special teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children are registered, he said, adding that special arrangements have also been made to cover Cantonment Board areas of Rawalpindi.

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Common painkiller tied to increased risk of heart problems

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ISLAMABAD: The commonly used painkiller diclofenac may be linked with an increased risk of heart problems, a large Danish study suggests.
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that are often used to treat arthritis and other painful joint conditions. In many countries, it is available without a prescription, a private news channel reported.
Researchers found that the rate of first-time cardiovascular events was 20 to 30 percent higher among people who started taking diclofenac than among people who started taking ibuprofen or naproxen, which are also NSAIDs, or paracetamol (acetaminophen). These events included heart attacks, development of an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, or death from heart problems.
The rate of new heart problems was 50 percent higher for diclofenac users than for people who weren’t taking any painkillers.
The researchers analyzed data from the Danish national patient registry. Altogether, they had information on nearly 1.4 million diclofenac users, 3.9 million ibuprofen users, 292,000 naproxen users, 765,00 paracetamol users, and 1.3 million people not on any of these painkillers.
“It is important to note that the absolute risk for the individual patient is low,” Morten Schmidt, lead author of the study, told Reuters Health in an email.

 

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Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today

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KARACHI: Mass immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs), would be started from today to administer anti-polio drops along with the supplement of Vitamin A to over 2.3 million children up to five years of age in all 188 union councils in the metropolis during seven days.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday. Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams. The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr. Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health
Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC). The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.  He said that there is a great need to work for the improvement of micro plan and communication strategy. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all-out efforts to make the campaign result oriented. He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as a vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life. The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to school going children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease. It was decided in a meeting that awareness campaign of teachers, as well as parents, would be initiated with the support of school administrations in coordination with the Directorate of the Private Schools. He said that polio eradication was a national cause and it would be the top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts for the elimination of poliovirus.

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