February 25, 2021 NCOC relaxes restrictions as surge in COVID cases drop

 ISLAMABAD: In view of the declining trend of Covid-19 cases prevailing in the country, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednes­day relaxed a number of restrictions on commercial activities and official work.  According to a statement, the NCOC took a comprehensive review of the existing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs).  Under the new directives, the...

February 24, 2021 Pakistan lists among countries with highest number of COVID tests

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan continues to see a fall in COVID-19 cases, a website has placed the country on the 29th position in the list of 30 countries that have conducted the most number of tests per million population (PMP). The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has, meanwhile, recorded 1,050 patients who contracted the virus...

February 23, 2021 Cigarette production goes up by 14.5pc

ISLAMABAD: The production of cigarettes surged by at least 14.5 per cent with a total worth of over Rs25 billion in the first six months of the current fiscal year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics reported. The official data showed a significant increase in the production and sale of cigarettes contrary to the government`s claims...

February 22, 2021 PMC creates fund for student loans and grants

ISLAMABAD: After remaining in the limelight over the last few months due to protests and criticism by politicians and the medical fraternity, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has taken some crucial decisions, claiming these are in the best interest of the public, students and health professionals. It said that for the first time in history...

February 17, 2021 3rd International Women’s Dental Conference all set to put spotlight on the rising impact of female dentists

Karachi: Dental News will be hosting its 3rd International Women’s Dental Conference on the 19th and 20th of February 2021. After successfully executing the 1st and 2nd editions, Dental News is all set to continue with the 3rd edition. It will be a 2-day online event consisting of many female dentists and dental students learning...

February 15, 2021 COVID-19 vaccination: Citizens with 65 age and over registration begins across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar announced recently that the government has decided to register citizens over the age of 65 for the coronavirus vaccine. “Pleased to announce that registration for getting COVID vaccine is now open for all citizens 65 and above,” said the minister who is in...

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Pakistan’s Private Sector Will Be Allowed To Import Vaccine
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Pakistan’s Private Sector Will Be Allowed To Import Vaccine

KARACHI: Pakistan will allow the private sector to import vaccines for protection against the novel coronavirus, a senior health official confirmed recently. “In addition to procurement by the government, if private companies get approval, through the normal process, they will be allowed to do so,” Dr. Faisal Sultan, special assistant to the prime minister on…

Ministry urges early imposition of tobacco tax
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Ministry urges early imposition of tobacco tax

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has urged the Ministry of Finance to lay Federal Health Levy Bill in parliament to impose a tax on tobacco and sugary drinks to boost revenues and prevent non-communicable diseases. In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Health Dr…

Female dentist succeeds to prove maltreatment by senior
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Female dentist succeeds to prove maltreatment by senior

FAISALABAD: Dr Ayesha Qaiser, after a period of eight months recently succeeded to establish that she had been roughed up by the medical superintendent of the hospital and now a lower court has summoned the suspect. Dr Asif Hameed Saleemi, now MS at DHQ Hospital, has been found guilty of roughing up Dr Ayesha Qaiser…

MDCAT applicants’ protest: PMC attempts to control ‘damage’
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MDCAT applicants’ protest: PMC attempts to control ‘damage’

ISLAMABAD-: As the Pakistan Medical Commission uploaded a revised version of the updated National Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2020 exam results and struggled to explain to applicants why the results had earlier been taken down, Ali Raza, the vice president PMC exercised damage control by holding press conference recently. While speaking to…

SHC orders PMC to submit reply over MDCAT applicants’ concern
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SHC orders PMC to submit reply over MDCAT applicants’ concern

KARACHI: Students who appeared in the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2020 have recently filed a fresh petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) over the problems they faced in the entry test. During today’s hearing, the lawyer representing the students told the court that the regulatory body Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) had…

‘Smart lockdown will not extend beyond 15-days period’
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‘Smart lockdown will not extend beyond 15-days period’

KARACHI: The city administration has decided not to extend ‘mini smart lockdowns’ in any part of the metropolis once the notified period of 15 days is completed as results have showed a positive impact of the curbs in containing the spread of COVID-19 among residents of the neighbourhoods currently under lockdown, officials said recently. They…

Pakistani doctor develops app for instant COVID-19 testing
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Pakistani doctor develops app for instant COVID-19 testing

Islamabad: A Pakistani doctor based in Toronto has introduced an instant COVID-19 diagnostic test using a smartphone. Pakistan High Commissioner to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar has congratulated Dr Naqeeb Khalid for his extraordinary achievement. In conversation with a local newspaper, Dr Naqeeb Khalid who led the development of a smartphone-based diagnostic test for COVID-19 as Director…


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