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Ramazan moon sighted, 1st roza on Thursday!




KARACHI: According to an official announcement made today by the head of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Ramazan moon has been sighted and month of fasting will commence from tomorrow (17th  of May, 2018). 

Throughout Ramazan, people love to consume deep-fried food-items as those are hard to resist while fasting.

People gulp down beaucoup amount of ghee, oil or butter while consuming these goodies.

 But is it healthy?

Ghee is believed to be a healthy preference (as compared to other options) as it consists of healthy flab that provides innumerable health boons and some of those are:

  • It upholds vascular health due to some properties that help shield the arteries from stiffing. Hardening of arteries arises when fat, cholesterol, and other kinds of stuff upsurge in the walls of arteries.
  • Habitual ingestion of ghee been associated with reduce levels of bad cholesterol and enhance levels of good cholesterol.
  • Also, those people who are allergen of dairy products could swallow ghee as it is lactose as well as casein-free at the same time.
  • Ghee is loaded with butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid, which perks-up the health of the intestinal lining and has the potential to lessen the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • It improves digestion and keep individuals off from constipation.
  • Not to mention that it helps in shedding extra body mass as the sort of saturated fat located in it could flush out the obstinate fat from the body.
  • It is also significant so as to enhance beauty (healthy hair and skin) and eyesight. Not only this but it also reinforces immunity and bones.

It is worth mentioning here that ghee is believed to be healthy. Nevertheless, too much of everything would be detrimental



Therefore, taking ghee in moderate quantity would be fine!

 Karachiites are crazy when it comes to consuming spicy street food particularly during the month of Ramazan.

You can find the carts of such items at almost every hook and nook of this Megapolis.

Not to mention that Eid-ul-Fitr is almost there and it is hard to resist when you go shopping.

But what experts have discovered must be bad news for street food junkies! They warn against imbibing those as these could mount gastrointestinal infections.

A number of items are made up of potatoes and if they place on the carts for too long, they might go off.  However, the oily snacks could cause gastric chaos if left open for a longer period.

Ferment food items like Chana chaat can be destroyed by fungi. Almost all of such items are prepared in an open milieu. And due to the pollution, the food might get contaminated with various detrimental bacteria and if this is the case of coli form bacteria then you might be in trouble because of the graver odds of developing acute diarrhea sickness.

Also, the water used in golgappas could make you sick to the stomach and you might come up

In cholera and typhoid.

The bottom line: Experts suggest that there is nothing wrong in ingesting such street foods but those should be consumed in moderate amount.

Also, not to eat anything excessively particularly during the month of Ramazan.

Our bodies already get dehydrated because of fasting and if you come out with diarrhea, then the situation would go downhill! As the temperature is soaring these days here in this Megapolis, Karachiites are finding it difficult to cope with the depressing state of affairs, particularly in the month of Ramadan.

Apart from severe weather, there are massive concerns such as water and power scarcity throughout the place that used to be called City of Lights.

In addition, now it seems as if we all have to live with such never-ending issues.

Due to severe weather, the odds are high to come up with dehydration. That in turn, triggers acute sickness particularly heat stroke, urinary and kidney chaos, cerebral edema (swelling of

brain), seizures, low blood volume shock (hypovolemic shock) etc.

Therefore, so as to deal with this dilemma, one must be careful pertaining to their health and some symptoms of dehydration.

Keeping this in view, here is equipping its viewers with a list of warning signs of this adverse sickness.

For adults, one should watch out for the signs that incorporate extreme thirst, dark and less frequent urine, light-headedness, exhaustion, headaches, excessive parched mouth, lips and eyes.

Whereas, for little ones, individuals must seek professional advice at once if they notice sunken eyes and cheeks, tearless weeping, swift breathing, dry mouth and tongue, sleepiness and urine troubles.

Is it avertable?

Yes, it certainly is. Connoisseurs reiterate that by imitating the following guidelines people can keep themselves off from this lethal disorder:

  • First thing first, consume lots of fluids, such as water (12 glasses), ORS and coconut water;
  • Mind you! Avoid sugary or fizzy beverages;
  • Prefer imbibing fruits and vegetables over meat;
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea or some other drinks;
  • Do not roam around at the peak hours of sunshine (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.);
  • Put on loose-fit andlawn clothes.

However, if it is left unnoticed, one would need proper medical attention or else the situation would go downhill!

The month of Ramadan has just begun but the weather is getting wild here in this Megapolis.

Not to mention that karachiites need to deal with the water scarcity and outage stuff throughout this month of blessings.

We can see that the promises of our politicians regarding electricity or water concerns are only meant for media consumption!

So as to deal with this sweltering weather – particularly while fasting – people tend to stay and rest in the AC rooms.

However, do you know this might make you sick to your stomach?

Innumerable folks often complain of being light-headed or that their bodies have started aching all over due to AC.

It is basically AC. If you expose to the AC for too long in one long stretch, you might feel under the weather.

What to do to cope with this dilemma?

Due to the scorching weather, countless people are coming up heat rash and different sorts of skin allergies as well.

Doctors advise such patients to remain in the AC in order to soothe their pain and irritation.

First thing first, individuals make sure that they set their ACs on light to moderate cooling.

In addition, when they need to exit from their chilled cars or rooms, they must switch off the AC and wait for a while. One should not leave the place immediately so that the temperature gets normal.

Whereas, so as to avoid the harmful impacts of hot weather, one must carry parasols (umbrella that protects from UV rays) while roaming around.

It is pertinent to mention here that due to fasting, people cannot drink water, which in turn, makes them dehydrated that could put them in the hospitals.

Keeping this in the view, connoisseurs reiterate that they must consume fluids such as coconut water, ORS, and other fresh juices as much as they can and avoid soft drinks and sodas at Iftaar and Sehri.

Opt for veggies instead of meat particularly redone.

It goes sans saying that people prefer to ingest fry items as those are hard to resist especially in Ramadan. Therefore, instead of frying stuff, they could consume baked ones.

Avoid eating leftovers.


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Health sector being improved in GB: Secretary health



Health sector being improved in Gilgit Baltistan

ASTORE: Secretary Health Gilgit Baltistan Saeedullah Khan Thursday said the government was solid measures for the development of health sector.
As part of such efforts, the secretary health said district health officers had been directed to ensure that people had access to the medical facilities and there was no shortage of medicine.
He said that concerned staff of health sector pay visit the dispensaries and basic health units on regular basis and interact with patients to check service delivery.
He urged people to forward their suggestions or complains with regard to the health sector adding swift action would be taken for addressing their concerns.
He also warned staff in health facilities against strict action in case they were found in dereliction of their duties.

Meanwhile, President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PML-N women wing of the district chapter Munira said Thursday Gilgit Baltistan government was committed to taking tangible measures for the socio-economic development of the
As part of such efforts, the PML-N leader told media, the government had initiated a number of projects for the welfare of the underprivileged areas of the country including Gilgit Baltistan, adding utmost efforts were made to protect rights and ensure justice for the women of the area.
She said that Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan was taking much interest in the development of women in education health and social sector which were benefiting thousands of women in Gilgit Baltistan region.
Among other projects, she said, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) had served as the social safety net which was targeting womenfolk by disbursing cash grants to empower them economically.
She said that he would take up the issues concerning women at all fora to resolving pending issues of women
in the district and initiate new welfare-oriented projects for them.

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Stressful life events not linked to increased cancer risk



ISLAMABAD: In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that stressful life events are not linked to increased cancer risk.
“This study provided no evidence that a severe chronic stress disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with cancer incidence,” said corresponding author Jaimie Gradus, assistant professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in the US.
“The general public may have a perception that stress contributes to cancer occurrence and given the ubiquity of PTSD and cancer and their costs to individuals and society, any observed associations could have meaningful public health implications,” Gradus explained.
The association between stress and cancer has been discussed in the scientific literature for more than 70 years.
Despite plausible theories that would support this association, findings from clinical research have been mixed, said the study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
According to the researchers, the large sample and long study period allowed them to examine associations that have not been studied previously as they were able to look at rare cancer outcomes and associations among important subgroups.


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NIH asks citizens to take preventive measures against typhoid



ISLAMABAD: The Field Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Division (FEDSD), National Institute of Health (NIH) Wednesday issued an advisory on control of typhoid fever.
According to NIH, viewing situation of an increased number of typhoid fever cases in the country, the Institute has issued an advisory on typhoid fever. It said typhoid fever spread mostly in summer and rainy season in Pakistan. It added typhoid caused by bacteria, (Salmonella Typhi) which occurs through the feco-oral route and spread through contaminated food, milk, frozen fruits, and water or through close contact with an already infected person.
Contamination mainly caused by poor sanitation and mixing of sewerage in drinking water. It said that newly emerged form of typhoid fever, extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Typhoid is being reported in some areas of Sindh province, especially in Hyderabad and Karachi.
There are more than 2000 positive cases of XDR Typhoid have been reported so far. The advisory suggested adopting preventive measures in routine life to avoid such kind of infections. It advised to wash hand properly and restore hand hygiene condition in routine life, avoid eating raw food and vegetables and always drink boiled drinking water.
It added typhoid vaccine is available in Pakistan and people should also administer typhoid vaccine after consultation with a doctor.  The advisory said that the NIH had disseminated awareness material about these disease for the general population, health sector stakeholders, and all provincial authorities. The institute also displayed the poster advisories in the Urdu language in public places.

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US warns apropos drug-resistant typhoid in Pakistan!

The United States furnished a health warning to travelers pertaining a current epidemic of extremely drug-resistant typhoid fever prevailing in Pakistan on Wednesday. The statement reads, “All travelers to Pakistan are at risk of getting XDR typhoid fever. Those who are visiting friends or relatives are at higher risk than are tourists and business travelers.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested all tourists to Pakistan or South Asia to get themselves immunized and pick out food items and drinking water carefully.

Moreover, the CDC noted in the notice that various travelers to Pakistan are down with the lethal disease when returned to their home states. Therefore, washing hands before guzzling down food is a must. It is pertinent to mention here that last year, NPTV had reported that the drug-resistant typhoid was prevailing in various vicinities of Sindh particularly Hyderabad.

Moreover, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined forces with the Government of Sindh on a children’s anti-typhoid campaign by donating 250,000 syringes earlier this year. (Aiman Inam) (Published on 5th July 2018) 

ii) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Government of Sindh on a children’s anti-typhoid campaign by donating 250,000 syringes. After the Sindh Department of Health noticed a recent rise in the number of drug-resistant typhoid cases, it reached out to USAID for assistance. The syringes will help immunize over 250,000 children against a drug-resistant strain of typhoid reported in Latifabad and Qasimabad, two sub-districts of Hyderabad, Sindh.

Oghale Oddo, USAID’s Acting Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, said, “Our support for the government’s anti-typhoid campaign exemplifies the strength of our ongoing partnership.  USAID will continue to support the Government of Sindh in their efforts to institutionalize evidence-based care.” The U.S. government, through USAID, has supported the Government of Sindh for over five years to save the lives of children by ensuring that they have access to basic health services. (6th of February 2018) 

ii) Sources privy to has been informed that over 250 children have been infected in Hyderabad and some 15 kids in Karachi with Multi-drug resistant (MDR) typhoid so far during this pre-Monsoon season.  Experts warn that this is the worst sort of typhoid epidemic, which is getting widespread in both of the cities. Lyari, North Karachi, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir and Ibrahim Haydri are some of the most affected localities.  It has further been learned that the major culprits behind disseminating such occurrence are un-chlorinated water, impure water and poor sanitation and sewerage conditions – thanks to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB)! So as to thwart this condition, people must avoid germ-infested food and water.

Also, they should clean their underground and overhead water tanks and add some chlorine pills. As usual, the situation of this Megapolis has gone downhill after the first rain spell. Everyone can clearly see the filthy water in every nook and corner, particularly in slum areas. No civic body bothers to take care of poor people. Now another rain spell is just around the corner and thundershowers are expected to pour from Saturday (today) through Tuesday. This could make the situation worse. Typhoid outbreak along with many other infectious disorders are more prevalent throughout the monsoon season. Health and wellness experts reiterate that people should consume foods rich in vitamin C. Being an immune booster, Vitamin C has the ability of slaying infected cells in the body. Do not let your kids play and get wet in the rains. Avoid eating out, particularly, spinach, eggplant as well as all sorts of meat. (Published on 15th July 2017) 

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