India – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Air Pollution ‘More Lethal Than Malaria’ https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/air-pollution Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:26:53 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=43828

Breathing in Pakistan’s air appears to be as costly as commodities being sold in markets currently (courtesy our incumbent finance minister). According to a report titled State of Global Air 2019, 128,000 people in the country died in 2017 alone due to air-pollution related conditions. This ranks Pakistan second in the list of top 10 […]

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Breathing in Pakistan’s air appears to be as costly as commodities being sold in markets currently (courtesy our incumbent finance minister).

According to a report titled State of Global Air 2019, 128,000 people in the country died in 2017 alone due to air-pollution related conditions. This ranks Pakistan second in the list of top 10 countries with the highest mortality due to air pollution. China and India are at a tie for the first place with a total of 2.4 million deaths.

Air pollution is categorized into two – indoor and outdoor air pollution. The data of the report identified that 52% of Pakistan’s population is exposed to household air pollution. As for outdoor air pollution, the country’s entire population lives in areas that exceed the WHO’s air quality guidelines.

These figures are worrisome, leaving the entire population vulnerable to air pollution-related illnesses. These range from asthma to other pulmonary illnesses. So, what can be done to help avert the situation?

While it is mainly the responsibility of the government to ensure that the air we breath is free of any toxins, here are a few things we can do to try not to die while breathing.

Stop Trash Burning

The practice of burning trash we throw outside in our streets or backyards directly releases pollutants into the air.

By getting rid of the garbage accumulated through burning it into ash in the short-run, we are only costing ourselves in the long-run.

And if you aren’t the ones directly involved in the process, make sure to educate those who are.

Related: Exposure To Air Pollution Could Increase The Risk Of Obesity

Car Pool

The ones with the privilege of owning a car, more often than not, prefer driving to and from work. But so many cars on the road not only give way to traffic woes but also pollutes the environment.

If you and your colleagues live in the same area or even nearby, then hop in one car. You can also divide weeks among each other to decide whose car is used when.

Don’t worry, this will not bruise that ego you are carrying around.

Plant A Tree

The new government kick-started the plantation drive ever since it entered the power corridors. While you may have also taken part in it, it shouldn’t just end there.

If you have an open space in your house, transform it into a garden. The greenery will help you and others breathe in some fresh air. Or take ownership of parks in your vicinity. Help in their maintenance and plantation.

Related: Students Design ‘Plant Backpacks’ To Combat Air Pollution

Say No To Plastic

We all know that using plastic is bad, courtesy millions of public service messages. Yet our homes are not plastic free. Of course, that’s probably because plastic costs less but is the price really worth it? Especially if it’s costing our well-being?

Getting rid of all things made of plastic in our homes at once is difficult. So, take small steps towards a plastic-free home. For instance, next time you go shopping carry a tote bag to put all your purchases in.

 

 

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Every year, 35 lakh babies are born prematurely in India https://htv.com.pk/moms/every-year-35-lakh-babies-are-born-prematurely-in-india Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:55:11 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=13854

Over thirty five lakh babies are born annually in India, making it the country with the highest number of premature births of infants, according to a World Health Organisation report.

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Over thirty five lakh babies are born annually in India, making it the country with the highest number of premature births of infants, according to a World Health Organisation report.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda told the Parliament on Tuesday while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, “As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) Publication ‘Born too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth’ out of an estimated annual 2.7 crore live births, in India 35 lakh babies are born preterm and out of these 3.03 lakh babies die due to complications of preterm birth.”

He said that Under National Health Mission (NHM), key interventions are being implemented all over the country to bring down infant mortality rates.

“Under NHM, government promotes institutional delivery through Janani Suraksha Yojna cash incentive scheme for pregnant mothers and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram which entitles all pregnant women and sick infants to absolutely free and no expense treatment at public health facilities,” the Minister said.

He said under NHM, strengthening of newborn care services by establishing facilities for the care of sick newborns such as Special New Born Care Units, New Born Stabilisation Units and New Born Care Corners and provision of home-based newborn care through Asha workers is provided.

News source: Firstpost

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Pakistan wins the AMSA Best Chapter Award https://htv.com.pk/news/pakistan-wins-the-amsa-best-chapter-award Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:45:28 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=9080 Pakistan wins the AMSA Best Chapter Award - HTV

The Asian Medical Students Association (AMSA) Pakistan has won the AMSA Best Chapter Award for the first time in 30 years.

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Pakistan wins the AMSA Best Chapter Award - HTV

The Asian Medical Students Association Pakistan has won the AMSA Best Chapter Award for the first time in 30 years. For this accolade, Pakistan was competing with chapters from Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Mongolia, Nigeria and Cambodia.

The notable award was presented to Muhammad Salman Haider Qureshi (regional manager for Pakistan) by the chairperson of AMSA International, Marco Christian Michael, on July 11, 2015, during the conference at National University, Singapore. The national flag of Pakistan was hoisted in the main auditorium in front of hundreds of delegates from different countries. Qureshi is a final year medical student and an undergraduate researcher at the Peshawar Medical College.

Alongside this, Pakistan’s Bakhtawar Wajeeha was one of the six winners of AMSA’s international quiz, the winners of which would receive US$1000.

AMSA is an international, apolitical and non-profit medical students’ representative organization, having chapters in more than 24 countries from Asia, Asia-Pacific and even beyond. In recent tenure, AMSA Pakistan has been quite active and has managed to organize more than 30 events in a short period of just six months.

Mr Qureshi thanked Allah (SWT) for this highly esteemed award. He dedicated this award to the team of AMSA Pakistan, which helped him convert his dream into reality. He regarded this milestone to be the start of a glorious and prosperous future of Pakistan in AMSA. Keeping in mind the current situation of Pakistan, these achievements count a lot in highlighting the positive, growing and learning environment of Pakistan.

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