January 9, 2021 Recognising foreign medical colleges is PMC’s top priority

ISLAMABAD: Vice President Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Ali Raza recently said that the commission will complete the assessment process of foreign medical colleges within one month to issue a provisional license to eligible foreign medical graduates. Addressing a press conference, he said that in case of failure in recognition of any foreign medical college, a...

January 6, 2021 Foreign Medical Graduates Protest against PMC

Islamabad: Foreign Medical Graduates recently held a protest outside Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) office in Islamabad. The students were raising voices against the announcement by PMC blacklisting 70% of Chinese universities. PMC previously blacklisted most of the universities in Kyrgyzstan. Students informed that PMC policy, the future of thousands of foreign medical graduates, who have...

January 5, 2021 Experts confirm presence of UK’s new COVID-19 variant in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently confirmed the presence of the UK COVID-19 variant in two people who had just returned to Pakistan. The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant was confirmed via whole-genome sequencing following preliminary reports of the prevalence of the virus in some travellers. Since the emergence of the new coronavirus variant in...

January 4, 2021 ‘115,000 frontline health workers to get Covid-19 vaccine in Sindh’

KARACHI: The Sindh government have identified some 115,000 frontline health workers across the province who would be inoculated in the first phase of the programme in two major centres, becoming the first province in the country that had already designed such a strategy to meet the challenge, officials and sources said. The first supply of...

January 2, 2021 PMC disciplinary body resumes hearing against doctors next week

ISLAMABAD: The disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has recently resumed hearings in cases against the health practitioners. In September 2020, government passed the PMC bill from joint session and stopped employees of the Pakistan Medical and dental Council (PMDC) from worl(ing. Because of the legislation the disciplinary committee, which hears complaints against...

December 31, 2020 LHC reserves verdict on maintainability of pleas against MDCAT

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court recently reserved verdict on the maintainability of the petitions challenging the results of the Medical & Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) for the year 2020 and for rechecking of the papers. Several candidates, who are the petitioners, pleaded through their counsel that queries in the entrance test were out of...

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DRAP approves locally invented device to detect COVID-19
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DRAP approves locally invented device to detect COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has recently approved the registration of the locally manufactured device, COVID-19 Rapid Artificial Intelligence Detection (COV-RAID) to detect the corona infection in suspected person’s lungs within a minute. A DRAP official on said that the COV-RAID was a window-based software programme based on python using TensorFlow and Keras…

Seven COVID patients die due to lack of oxygen in Khyber Teaching Hospital
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Seven COVID patients die due to lack of oxygen in Khyber Teaching Hospital

PESHAWAR: Seven coronavirus patients passed away at the Peshawar’s Khyber Teaching Hospital recently as oxygen cylinders from Rawalpindi failed to arrive on time. Hospital sources disclosed that patients in other wards of the hospital were also facing difficulties due to the absence of oxygen cylinders. Meanwhile, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said that he…

1,664 new cases, 8 more deaths reported in Sindh
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1,664 new cases, 8 more deaths reported in Sindh

Karachi: Sindh has reported 1,664 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the provincial tally to 180,904. Moreover, the daily situation report issued by the Chief Minister’s Office confirmed the deaths of 8 more persons. The death toll now stands at 2,991. The report added that 15,500 tests were conducted in the province in the…

Govt approves $150 Million to get COVID vaccine in 2021
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Govt approves $150 Million to get COVID vaccine in 2021

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the government expects the first phase of coronavirus vaccine procurement in the first quarter of next year, as the federal cabinet approved $150 million for it. “We cannot give an exact date of procurement but it will be in the…

COVID claims 12 more lives, infects 2,897 others
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COVID claims 12 more lives, infects 2,897 others

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the coronavirus has claimed 12 more lives lifting the death toll to 2,897 and 1,423 new cases emerged after 12,226 samples were tested. In a statement issued from CM House, 12 more patients died overnight, lifting the death toll to 2,897 that constituted a…

Bilawal tests positive for COVID-19
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Bilawal tests positive for COVID-19

Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced recently that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating with mild symptoms. The PPP chairman is said to have tested positive following his political secretary, Jameel Soomro, testing postive for the novel coronavirus. Revealing his test result in a tweet,, the PPP chairman urged people…


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