GE announces Scholarship Award winner from Pakistan

Jhimpir (Cliff News)GE Renewable Energy and Tricon Boston Consulting Corporation Limited (TBCCL) open today the second emergency medical center in Jhimpir, Pakistan. This unprecedented initiative has been designed and implemented by Aga Khan Medical University Hospital, TBCCL and GE, which opened the first clinic in 2017 in the Thatta district.The Jhimpir corridor is located 95 kilometers inland from the coast in a semi-desert area, which makes access to necessary medical care for inhabitants difficult. Sapphire and GE Renewable Energy are operating and maintaining four wind farms in the area, the SWPCL and Tricon I, II and III wind farms,for a total capacity of 200 MW. These Emergency Medical Centers bring essential medical emergency services to the local community and wind power workforce in a timely manner.The 24/7 medical facility provides a high level of urgent medical services in this remote location. The clinic is equipped with high quality medical diagnostics and treatment equipment, a pharmacy and a CE certified ambulance, and can each treat up to 60 patients per day.“Developing a wind project also involves taking care of the surrounding communities.“ says Nadeem Abdullah, CEO Sapphire Wind Power Co Limited. “The medical center we opened three years ago has been beneficial for the community and we are glad to see a new one coming to life.““Wind Energy is growing in Pakistan and GE Renewable Energy has a strong presence in the country. It is important for us to make a positive contribution and investment to improving people’s lives and safety in the country” says Manar Al Moneef, President & CEO, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, GE Renewable Energy. “People’s safety is our priority and we are glad to partner with Sapphire, our largest wind power customer in Pakistan to support Jhimpir get easy access to medical services.”

International Committee of Red Cross holds seminar on violence against health care workers

Karachi(Cliff News)The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held a seminar at Jinnah Sindh Medical University, which emphasized the problem of violence against health workers. The APPNA Institute of Public Health (AIPH) at JSMU is a proud partner of the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Initiative of the ICRC. The initiative aims to conscientiously support health systems in preventing and controlling violence against health care workers by making health care settings safe and empowering health care providers to manage violence at their workplace. The initiative has developed and implemented different interventions including training for health care providers on de-escalation of violence in health care settings, training for ambulance workers on field safety and security, testing contextualized international tools to assess security in hospitals and formation of security frameworks, and mass media awareness campaigns on giving way to ambulances and respecting health care providers.The seminar was attended by Secretary Health Dr. Usman Chachar, Vice Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University Dr. SM Tariq Rafi, Dean Medical Education CPSP Dr. Syeda Kausar, Mr. Giovanni Trambaiolo Head of ICRC Sub-Delegation, Dr. Mirwais Khan Head of Project Health Care in Danger ICRC, AIG Dr. Waliullah Khan, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalwani, Professor Lubna Baig Dean and Pro VC Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Dr. Shiraz Shaikh Co-Principle Investigator of HCiD, Dr. Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Hashmi Project Manager HCiD, Dr. Naseem from Institute of Public Health and Social Sciences Khyber Medical University, CEO Sindh Healthcare Commission Dr. Minhaj Kidwai and Zarrar Khurro Media Panelist who shared significant achievements of the initiative with health care professionals in attendance. The seminar’s goal was to develop policy guidelines for protecting care workers along with concerned stake holders including health policy makers, media personnel, members of medical fraternity and law enforcement agencies in protecting health care.Dr. Mirwais Khan from the ICRC stated that: “Adopting new policies and standards will ensure all hospitals, no matter how big or small, can prevent violence and keep their staff and patients safe. Healthcare workers care for us at our most vulnerable. They deserve to feel and be safe at work. We are sending a strong message that violence against healthcare workers can never condoned.”Professor Lubna Baig, Dean APPNA Institute of Public Health stated that: “HCID Project team at APPNA Institute of Public Health feels strongly about violence against healthcare that negatively effects the performance of Healthcare providers which ultimately leads to poor quality of care and adverse health outcomes. In the past four years, the team has passionately done great amount of research on this subject and also come up with practical solutions to minimize violence against healthcare. The presence of all relevant stakeholders in this seminar will help us in together chalking out a strategy to implement the solutions that have been developed after hard work of the core team of the project.”

Agha Steel inaugurated third Dialysis Centre

Agha Steel Photo Release - CEO of Agha Steel Industries Limited, Mr. Hussain Agha at the launch of third Agha Dialysis Centre (Nov 26, 2018)
Karachi (Cliff News)Agha Welfare Trust (ADC), a CSR initiative of Agha Steel Industries Limited, recently inaugurated state-of-the-art Agha Dialysis Centre (ADC). This is the third such facility and has been established at Imam Clinic, Karachi. The purpose-built dialysis 10 bedded unit will accommodate at least 720 dialysis per month. ADC is committed to providing quality healthcare especially to the less privileged segment of our society. In all three facilities, beneficiaries not only receive free of cost treatment but also get rehabilitation facility which directly impacts poverty alleviation. The first such facility was established at Bait-ul-Sukoon Cancer Hospital while the other one was at Fatimiyah General Hospital. Both the facilities have so far successfully treated 25,000 renal cases.
Speaking at the occasion, Executive Trustee of Agha Welfare Trust & CEO of Agha Steel Industries Limited, Mr. Hussain Agha, highlighted the need for such medical facilities. “Kidney failure is among the leading causes of death in the country and with only 140 fully equipped dialysis centres nationwide. There is an epidemic of renal diseases in our country today that is affecting both the rich and poor. “Thousands of patients have to undergo regular twice- to four-times a week haemodialysis treatment that causes strain to their families who have to continuously cope with the prohibitive costs of maintaining their dialysis treatment sessions that include regular and emergency medical examinations, hospitalization and medicines. Even those who have money found it difficult because if one has a renal disease, lifetime treatment is needed.”According to studies, as of 2018 there are 21 million people in Pakistan that are battling chronic kidney disease. 80% of patients on dialysis die within a year due to inaccessibility of proper treatment. Agha Welfare Trust aims to provide relief to this number through installation of fully equipped Dialysis Centre facilities throughout Pakistan.

MRI,safest diagnosis technique

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Syeda Maryam Fatima

Interesting and stunning technique of radiation and medical imaging has increasing its application day by day. As its name indicates this is a technique of an image acquisition of medical systems. MRI is a medical imaging technique, uses strong magnetic fields to get images of the anatomy and physiological process of the human being. MRI machine is widely used in the diagnostic purposes and in the biomedical research. In 1946, foundations of MRI began. In 1971, NMR images were created. In 1977, first human being was examined using MRI.

The imaging technique is highly versatile. Image is created by strong magnetic field and radio waves. It is a non-invasive procedure. MRI gives detailed cross sectional images of internal organs and structure. It is different from other imaging techniques because it does not use radiations which are potentially harmful for the human body. The use MRI technology is expanding gradually. The latest application is discovered by the group of researchers that MRI is used to detect energy and heat emitting from the cell phone on brain. The heat is resulting from the reaction of brain cells and radio frequencies emitting from the cell phone. The heats in the brain resulting from cell phones are very dangerous and damagethe brain cells. The cell phone set is not supposed to take inside the MRI machine because of high magnetic field inside, instead giving radio frequencies as emitting from cell phone and then image the effect of the frequencies.

The acquisition process is very different and interesting from other imaging techniques. The two magnets play a vital role in visualizing human body. Abundant of hydrogen atoms are present in human body, a small magnet is present inside the nucleus of the hydrogen atom which is very sensitive to magnetic field, when a human being is entered in the magnetic field, one magnet of MRI machine align all the hydrogen atoms of the human being in either north or south direction and other magnet is used for shifting the direction of these atoms.

MRI machine is available in nearly all hospitals and research centers. It has no side effects unless someone has problem to stay in a closed pack of MRI machine. An injectable dye used to clearly visualize the image has some side effects but it is not used every time. In Pakistan MRI machine is mostly used for diagnostic reasons. The cost of MRI machines are very high because of the very expensive elements used in the machine and the other reason is that only few companies make MRI machine.

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A breakthrough in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Era

By :Syeda Maryam Fatima

In science and technology, we have seen many new fields emerging and growing exponentially to provide advancement in all applicable areas, Biomedical engineering is a very remarkable name in the list. I want to talk about a cyclotron machine running nearly all hospitals in the world. Cyclotron is considered as a tool to produce radioisotopes, that are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Cyclotron has different applications also but mainly use in biomedical applications, others are agriculture, ecology, geology and pharmacology. Biomedical cyclotrons have a very long life that’s why they are very much expensive. Though some part of it may be repaired or replaced to use the machine for long period of time.

In 1931, First cyclotron is demonstrated and commercialized in 1961 by Scanditronix private company. Cyclotron is categorized into three categories based on their proton energy ranges, first two categories produce isotopes that are used for diagnostic reasons in PET/CT and SPECT. These radioisotopes are used to diagnose thyroid disorders, brain functions, pernicious anaemia, etc. Third category of cyclotron have energies greater than 35 MeV, produce isotopes that are used in radiotherapy; for example, treat thyroid disorder, cancerous tumour, etc. Radioisotopes produced by the cyclotron are also used in radioactive pharmaceuticals to measure the correct dosage.

These radioisotopes produce lesser amount of radioactive waste and produce nuclear reactions in which high specific activity occurs. Hospitals in which cyclotron is installed gains benefits from it. Now they are not worrying to get radioisotopes from industries. This invention has played vital role in diagnostic field. Pakistani hospitals and diagnostic centres have installed cyclotron to get better diagnostic results. Agha Khan University Hospital AKUH, Jinnah Post Medical Centre JPMC, Shaukat Khanum Memorial hospital and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation SIUT are the main hospitals where cyclotrons are beinginstalled.


Engro Fertilizers to plant One Million trees

Karachi(Cliff News)Engro Fertilizers Limited plans to nurture one million trees in Daharki to pursue its vision of Green Pakistan. The project intends to reduce carbon foot print and play a vital role in combating climate change in the region.For this purpose Engro Fertilizers has joined hands with Sindh Forest Department to utilize the two hundred (200) acres of barren land of Sindh Forest Department to nurture one million trees.The project was initiated in May, 2018 when MoU was signed with Sindh Forest Department to grow 1 million trees in Sindh Forest Department land near Ghotki. The program was divided into two phases & the first phase covered plantation of 500,000 trees which is currently in progress.Engro Fertilizers under its “One Million Tree Project” has successfully grown 300,000 saplings within the nursery through certain innovations. “The nursery has helped them to plant and sustain different local species of neem, sukh chain, mulberry, keekar, and sheesham in Mirpur Mathelo and other nearby areas said Muhammad Azhar Malik, Manager HSE&T Engro Fertilizers.Phase two of the project will be initiated next year & plantation will be carried out in March-2019 informed Azhar Malik, Manager HSE department of Engro Fertilizers. “The survival rate of the nursery environment is hundred percent”, said Divisional Forest Officer, Sindh Forest Department Mr. Ziadullah Laghari.The project also ensures the involvement of Engro community by encouraging them to plant trees. “Involvement of community is significant towards making an initiative successful and is a core value of our corporate culture, which we can clearly see from the engagement of all employees and their families”, said Asif Tajik, Sr. Vice President Engro Fertilizers Limited.Beyond the call of their duties, many employees have also been active in year-round activities of plantation to make Sindh & Pakistan green. Engro is committed to do similar projects every year & the program will help in promoting a green healthy environment for the local communities and restoration of ecosystem for wildlife.

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Strepsils Stereo wins Spikes Asia 2018 Award

Strepsils Stereo Award

Karachi(CliffNews)StrepsilsStereo, becomes the first Pakistani music platform to win a Bronze Spike in the Music Category at the Spikes Asia 2018. It was one of the four campaigns from Pakistan that won an award at the creative festival of Asia this year. The festival was held in Suntec, Singapore from September 26 to 28, 2018.Fahad Ashraf, Chief Executive, Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan (makers of Strepsils) said, “This is a proud moment for Pakistan to get recognized for an idea that seamlessly connects with the brand benefit and its audience. This award is a testament to the fact that big bold creative risks definitely pay off, as long as there is a strong brand connect and the idea is unique. We feel humbled that we were able to make an impression in such a prestigious competition.”There are 21 categories in Spikes Asia, which set a standard for brilliant work in the Asia Pacific creative communications industry each year. This year there were over 50 diverse nominations in the Music Category with Strepsils Stereo being the only one from Pakistan. Other nominations included; INTEL China, PANTENE Indonesia, NIKE China, CLOSE UP India and GOOGLE Tokyo.Ali Noor, singer and producer, BIY Productions, talking about the win said, “This is a win for original content and is a testament of the amazing local talent we have in Pakistan. It’s a proud moment for the Pakistani Music Industry for getting recognized at a global platform like Spikes, and it gives us the confidence that we are truly making a mark in promoting our country’s music!”Spikes Asia is Asia Pacific’s most inspiring creative festival offering three days of learning, inspiration and networking for professionals in creative communications. In 2017, the event was attended by over 1500 individuals, with over 4300 entries and 22 participating countries.Strepsils Stereo is a brand owned platform of Acapella, bringing people together to create music with their voice. The first season comprised of three songs; Khayal Rakhna, Rang De and DilJo Chahay. The season garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. It also won the Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS) Award 2018 for ‘Best in Hospitals, Healthcare & Hygiene’ in April 2018.