10% of world’s population may have had COVID-19: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said hundreds of millions of people may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, far more than the current tally of more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us that

Four more children succumb to malnutrition in Tharparkar

THARPARKAR: At least four more children died due to malnutrition and other diseases in Tharparkar. According to the district administration, the total number of deaths has now reached 84 in one-month while the number of children who died in the

Cuba offers one undergraduate scholarship in medicine

ISLAMABAD: The government of Cuba, a country acknowledged for health sciences, has offered an opportunity to a Pakistani student aspiring to become a doctor. According to the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Cuban government has offered one undergraduate scholarship in

More young people being infected with coronavirus: Study

WASHINGTON: A new research suggests that more young people are being more infected with the coronavirus as the number of cases surge in many parts of the world. The data of new infections in the coronavirus pandemic appears to be

No need to panic over hospital capacity: Yasmin Rashid

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has assured that there is no need for people to panic as there is enough capacity in hospitals to deal with COVID-19 patients. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, she said that 42

Nawaz Sharif resurfaces

A picture emerged on social media of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London, wearing a light blue dress with a felt hat and having a cup of coffee at a café. There was backlash and strong reaction as social

World No Tobacco Day: Protecting youth from harmful effects of smoking

World No Tobacco Day is an annual event that is observed on May 31 to spread awareness about the harmful effects of smoking and consumption of tobacco on health. The campaign aims to reduce the prevalence of diseases and deaths

WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to share tools against COVID-19

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and thirty-seven countries have developed an alliance calling for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic. The move by mostly developing nations, called the COVID-19 Technology Access

ADB approves $300 million loan for COVID-19 relief

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300 million emergency assistance loan to strengthen Pakistan’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic and help meet the basic needs of vulnerable and poor segments of society. The project will

Know 6 Ways To Stay In Shape While Working From Home

It seems that telecommuting and working from home policies are becoming the norm in the current work environment due to the lockdown imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, people might not realize it at first, but staying in the house

Trump threatens to permanently halt WHO funding

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has threatened to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and withdraw the United States from the UN health agency unless there are substantive improvements in the next thirty days. Trump has said

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan surge past 38,700

KARACHI: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surged to 38,799 in Pakistan, while the death toll stands at 834. According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 1,581 cases of coronavirus were reported while 31 people

Rihanna warns fans to stop asking about new music

LOS ANGELES: Pop star Rihanna has asked her fans demanding to release her new album soon to back off as her prime focus right now is doing her bit in saving the world from the coronavirus pandemic. The Grammy winner

OIC holds online emergency session on coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: The steering committee on health of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday held an emergency session over the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic According to a joint statement issued at the end of the video conference

World faces shortage of six million nurses: WHO

GENEVA: As the coronavirus crisis spirals out of control and captures global headlines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the world needs nearly six million nurses. The UN’s health agency along with partners Nursing Now and the International

Pakistan ready to host SAARC Health Ministers video conference: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi underscored has reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to host the SAARC Health Ministers’ Meeting, suggesting a video conference could be organised due to the prevailing global pandemic. In a telephonic conversation with Secretary-General SAARC Esala Ruwan

Top US scientist warns coronavirus could become seasonal

WASHINGTON: A senior US scientist has said there is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return in seasonal cycles, underscoring the urgent need to find a vaccine and effective treatments. Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at

SAARC unity on coronavirus

The coronavirus has brought bitter foes, India and Pakistan, to the table to chalk out a divisive strategy. South Asian nations held a conference via video link to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic which has been sweeping across

Irrfan Khan opens up on his health after cancer treatment

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan recently opened up about his health. Irrfan shared he is not very sure how he feels and is “cleaning the clutter away from noise.” Irrfan Khan returned to India in April last year after undergoing treatment

Contagion and coronavirus

The scenes seem from Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller ‘Contagion’. A virus transmitted by fomites, attempts by researchers to identify and contain the disease, loss of social order in a pandemic, and finally the introduction of a vaccine. The movie was

Coronavirus in Pakistan

Pakistan’s worst fears have come true as the first two coronavirus cases were reported in the country, creating panic among citizens and potentially a new health crisis. The country is the last in the region to report the outbreak but

Iran’s deputy health minister diagnosed with coronavirus

TEHRAN: Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for the novel coronavirus amid a major outbreak in the country which has resulted in the death of fifteen people. Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a news

Nawaz’s stubbornness

Ever since former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for safer pastures in London on the pretext of seeking medical treatment, there have been doubts raised over his health. Now the recent statement by his brother Shehbaz has reinforced rumors that

China’s health experts agree coronavirus not as strong as SARS

BEIJING: Leading Chinese health experts said that the new mystery coronavirus in China, which has infected nearly 2,000 people and killed others, is “not as strong as a severe acute respiratory syndrome” (SARS). The lethal virus has been disturbed by

No report of coronavirus among any Pakistani in China: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday released an statement on the coronavirus in China and the welfare of Pakistani Community in Wuhan. The Foreign Office said the ministry and the Pakistan Embassy in China are actively monitoring the

PML-N’s dilemma

There has been controversy as a picture of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif dining at an upscale restaurant in London with several of his family members went viral. This has reaffirmed that the ‘ailing’ PML-N leader was not in a

Pharmaceutical prices

The government has reduced the prices of 89 essential and life-saving medicines with immediate effect. This may offer temporary relief but the move is mere eyewash for the public reeling under the burden of a hike in prices of pharmaceutical

PM launches first health insurance facility for transgenders

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the Sehat Insaf Card facility for the transgender community to provide insurance to the most vulnerable segments of society. Addressing at the launching ceremony under the Sehat Sahulat programme for the transgender

Is Zardari next?

After the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, it seems that it is now time for former president Asif Ali Zardari.  The government permitted Nawaz Sharif to fly abroad after intense political melodrama and Zardari wants similar relief. The

PTI govt to open clinics for free treatment in Karachi

KARACHI: Adviser on Maritime Affairs Mr Mahmood Moulvi has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government will open clinic for free treatments in Karachi. The clinic will provide free consultation and basic medicines for the poor in low-income areas of the