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World Hepatitis Day observed

World Hepatitis Day was observed on Saturday.

There are five types of hepatitis, from A through to E, and hepatitis C is the ninth leading cause of death across the world. Some 350 million people around the globe are long term carriers of hepatitis C.

World Health Organization (WHO) has announced to focus the theme “Test. Treat. Hepatitis” observing viral hepatitis B & C were major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year, according to WHO.

Pakistan was second largest country in the world having highest rate of hepatitis patients which were around 12 million. In recent years due to modern research and availability of medicines the treatment of hepatitis had become much easier.

Each year, 150,000 people in the country die of complications from hepatitis B and C. Around 90pc of those who get hepatitis B recover within six months without treatment.

The doctor urged people to ensure their children are vaccinated for hepatitis and to avoid using unsterilized instruments.

Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari has said that creating necessary awareness among the masses about protection from hepatitis is very essential.

In his message on World Hepatitis Day, the Chief Minister said that society will also have to play its role for eradicating hepatitis from the society.

He said collective efforts would have to be initiated to save the new generation from this fatal disease.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Four injured in Lakki Marwat explosion

Four people were injured when explosive material planted by terrorists near a house went off in Lakki Marwat on Saturday morning.

According to police, the house was also destroyed in the explosion.

The injured have been shifted to civil hospital Lakki Marwat, with two of them in critical condition.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Mali: 16 killed in clashes

In Mali, at least 16 have been killed in clashesin central part of the country.

An organization representing Fulani herders said that 50 people were killed in Koumaga by Donzo hunters as part of ongoing clashes between the two groups that have long fought over land.

Source: Radio Pakistan

CM Balochistan chairs Cabinet meeting

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said that only elected government can give vision about result oriented progress and it is the responsibility of bureaucracy to implement this a vision as per its real spirit.

He was presiding over a meeting of provincial cabinet held in Quetta on Tuesday

Source: Radio Pakistan

New devices to check blood pressure will save lives: Research

London (UNA-OIC) – Traditional methods of testing for high blood pressure is no longer adequate and risk missing vital health signs, which can lead to premature death, a study co-led by University College London (UCL) has found.

The research, the largest ever cohort study of its kind, published in the New England Journal for Medicine, assessed 63,000 doctors’ patients, who had their blood pressure tested using traditional ‘in clinic’ methods, such as an automated or hand operated devices.

Separately, the same patients were also measured using a pocket-sized ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, which records blood pressure regularly over a 24 hour period. This device is worn at home and takes measurements every 20 to 30 mins.

High blood pressure is the leading preventable cause of premature death globally and affects approximately 25 percent of all adults. The study, which was co-led by Professor Bryan Williams (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences), found that measuring blood pressure using an ABPM device was 50 percent more accurate than the traditional way blood pressure is measured in the clinic, and therefore a significantly more precise way of predicting a patient’s risk of death.

Using an ABPM to measure the blood pressure at home, during day-to-day activities, and during sleep, also means known variations in patients’ blood pressure caused by using ‘in clinic’ methods, can be more accurately diagnosed. Namely ‘masked hypertension,’ where blood pressure presents as normal in the clinic but is elevated out of office, and ‘white-coat hypertension,’ where blood pressure is elevated in the clinic, but normal outside the office.

For decades doctors have known that blood pressure measured ‘in-clinic’ could be masked or elevated, simply because the patient was in a medical setting, and this could lead to the wrong or a missed diagnosis, Professor Williams said.

This research is a clear game-changer, as for the first time, it definitively shows that blood pressure measured regularly during a 24 hour period predicts the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death much better than blood pressure measured in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.

Quite simply, measuring blood pressure over 24 hours is what doctors and medics should be using to make clinical decisions about treatment.

With a much more accurate assessment of a patient’s blood pressure, doctors will be able to provide the most effective treatments at the earliest opportunity, which will save many more lives.

With one billion people around the world having high blood pressure, this study, the largest ever of its kind, should lead to changes in clinical practice across the world, with the use of ABPM becoming a much more commonplace.

Professor William’s research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research UCLH Biomedical Research Centre.

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Source: International Islamic News Agency

Jordan ranks 52nd among world’s most competitive economies

Amman (UNA-OIC) – The 30th edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, saw a slight increase in the ranking of Jordan, moving up four places and landing at 52nd.

This boost in Jordan’s competitiveness is due to better government and business efficiency, as well as improved performance in several of the measured indicators such as public finance, tax policy, business legislation and digital transformation. All of which facilitate the creation and development of business in Jordan, especially so in the digital work frame which the world is in today, which changes the work we do and the way our economies work.

However, the way for Jordan to rank among the world’s most competitive economies is long. The country still ranks low in the labor force, and even more so in the inclusion of women in the workforce. Additionally, the kingdom’s domestic economy’s performance remains the same as last year which was a drop of 5 placements compared to 2016. In order for Jordan to strengthen its economic resilience, it should work towards a more inclusive growth and sustainable development, this includes poverty reduction and creation of jobs, particularly for women and youth.

Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Professor Arturo Bris said: “Jordan advanced by four places with respect to last year, reaching the 52nd position in 2018. Jordan boosted its competitiveness mainly through better government and business efficiency. Specifically, a reduction in taxation and a general improvement in business confidence across different areas (as business legislation and labor market regulation) contributed to this result.” Globally, the 2018 rankings emphasize a long-term trend highlighted in past editions that the countries on the top of the list each have a unique approach to becoming competitive.

The top five most competitive economies in the world remain the same as in the previous year, but their order changes. The United States returns to the first spot, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The IMD World Competitiveness Center, a research group at IMD business school in Switzerland, has published the rankings every year since 1989. It compiles them using 258 indicators. ‘Hard’ data such as national employment and trade statistics are weighted twice as much as the ‘soft’ data from an Executive Opinion Survey that measures the business perception of issues such as corruption, environmental concerns and quality of life. This year 63 countries are ranked.

Source: International Islamic News Agency