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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A high ranking delegation from Pakistan visited Kabul and after attending two-day meeting on eliminating polio and holding talks with public health minister Dr. Suraya Dalili had emphasized for joint efforts to fight polio until its elimination from the region. 
Dr. Dalil also said both the countries had agreed to launch anti-polio campaign on the border regions at the same time to eliminate the virus and immunize children. 
In May 2012, the World Assembly had called for the elimination of polio from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria on priority basis, Dr. Dalil said, adding efforts for the elimination of the virus should be accelerated to immunize the children. 
In her speech Mrs. Shahnaz Wazir the advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister pointed out the Pakistan is committed to coordinate anti-polio campaign with Afghanistan along the border areas. 
She also noted that second such meeting will be held in Pakistan and she invited Dr. Dalil to attend it. 
The head of World Health Organization (WHO) in Madetarean zone, Dr. Alla Alwan said that WHO would continue to support both Afghanistan and Pakistan till the elimination of the crippling virus. 
It is stated that some 55,000 manpower including coordinators, supervisors, monitors and volunteers administer anti-polio campaign for around 8 million children under five during the three-day immunization campaign. 
Until 15 July this year, 13 cases of polio have been reported in Afghanistan and 25 cases in Pakistan. 
Dr. Dalil has also called on the prayer leaders, tribal elders and influential people to help implement vaccination campaign across the country.
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Gardiz (BNA) At least 30 residents of Paktia have lost their lives due to Tuberculosis disease recently.
Dr. Noor Ahmad responsible of tuberculosis section in the central hospital of Gardiz city told BNA, during the last four months of the current year, 240 cases of tuberculosis have been registered in that province out of which 30 persons more of them women death due to this disease.
He added, comparing to the last year, this disease shows a consider increase in this province.
Dr. Noor Ahmad said, 30 health clinics are active in Paktia province and treat this disease out of charge.
T. Rateb
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The general Director of WHO in Mediterranean Zone and Special Envoy of Prime Minister of Pakistan in eradication of polio met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice president.
Ala Alwan General Director of WHO in Mediterranean Eastern Zone while reiterating the commitments of the organization in uprooting the polio diseases in Afghanistan called the national plan of the public health ministry in reduction and elimination of polio disease as positive and he also considered the role of the governors in creation effectiveness of national plan for polio eradication as very important.
At the meeting Beegum Shahnaz Wazir Ali special envoy of the Prime Minister of Pakistan touching on eradication of polio said that combating this disease is the challenge for both the countries and joint cooperation is required in this respect in the border regions.
This meeting was also attended by minister of Public Health, deputy minister, Chairman of the WHO in Mediterranean Eastern Zone, Representative of the WHO in Afghanistan and some other in charges of the WHO and UNICEF here.
Mohammad Karim Khalili while explaining the will of the leadership of Afghanistan for combating polio eradication, called the tri-partite meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the WHO authorities as a big step towards elimination of polio in the country.
Khalili while appreciating the cooperation of WHO said, the Afghan government and people expect further deepening cooperation of the organization in different spheres with Afghanistan.
 

Saturday 21 July, 2012

NEW YORK: Some women with unexplained fatigue may get a bit more pep from iron supplements - even if they do not have full-blown anemia, a new clinical trial suggests.

The study focused on women who were chronically tired and had relatively low iron stores. They did not, however, have full-blown iron-deficiency anemia, in which the body has too few oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

It has not been clear whether iron supplements can help battle fatigue in non-anemic women.

To find out, Swiss researchers randomly assigned 200 women with unexplained fatigue to take either 80 milligrams of iron a day or a placebo (identical-looking pills with no active ingredient.)

Over 12 weeks, both groups improved. But women on iron supplements fared better, the researchers report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

On average, scores on a standard measure of fatigue fell by nearly half - from about 25 to 13, on a scale of zero to 40 - among women getting the extra iron.

That compared with a 29 percent decline in fatigue reported by the placebo group, whose average score fell from about 25 to just over 16.

The findings suggest that when a woman's persistent fatigue cannot be explained by any health condition, low iron should become a suspect, according to lead researcher Paul Vaucher, a doctoral candidate at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Physicians often test for iron deficiency by measuring blood levels of hemoglobin, a protein in blood cells that carries oxygen. But hemoglobin levels usually don't fall until the later stages of iron deficiency, when a person has full-blown anemia.

In their study, Vaucher's team measured women's blood levels of ferritin, which is a marker of the body's stored iron. Doctors may or may not order that test when looking for iron deficiency.

Vaucher said that for a woman with unexplained fatigue, measuring ferritin would be wise.

"This marker will then give a better idea of whether iron load is low or not, even if women are not anemic," Vaucher said in an email.

All of the women in this study had ferritin levels below 50 micrograms per liter, which would be considered low to borderline-low.

Since women in the placebo group also improved, the effects of the iron supplement were not huge. They amounted to an extra 3.5 points shaved off a woman's fatigue score.