Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals Lack Diagnostic and Medical Services

ISLAMABAD, Nov 3: Forty-six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored in 34 districts nationwide in August 2011 were found to be lacking basic medical services, according to a report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday. It said more than half – 57% – of them did not have pathology departments while 40% of the monitored THQs lacked pediatrics and 38% were without gynecology and obstetrics departments.

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One-fifth of FIRs registered about thefts, car lifting, robberies and dacoities

ISLAMABAD, Sept 8: A FAFEN crime monitoring report on Thursday said around one-fifth of the FIRs registered in 66 districts across the country in June this year were about thefts, car lifting, and robberies and dacoities. The report said out of the total 39,497 registered FIRs, 7,204 (18%) were about cases of thefts, stealing of vehicles, and robberies. On average, 109 FIRs were registered against these crimes in each of the 66 monitored districts.

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Many Prescribed Medicines Unavailable in BHUs

ISLA MABAD, August 25: A FAFEN monitoring report on Thursday said an overwhelming majority of patients visiting 110 Basic Health Units (BHUs) across Pakistan in July 2011 complained about unavailability of free of cost prescribed medicines at in-house pharmacies. FAFEN Governance Monitors noted that 85% of the monitored BHUs had stocks of medicines and 89% were issuing them free of cost to patients.

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Gastrointestinal Infections and Scabies Widespread During May 2011

ISLAMABAD, August 21: More than 1.4 million cases of diseases, including widespread instances of gastrointestinal infections and scabies, were reported in 51 districts nationwide in May this year, according to a FAFEN monitoring report released on Sunday. The total number of gastrointestinal infections and scabies cases reported was 437,515 and 211,320 respectively, the highest recorded this year.

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Murder tops the crime data in May 2011

The report collected the number of registered First Information Reports (FIRs) against 27 offences in 63 districts across country – 61 of them reported 790 murder cases. These also included 25 reported cases of ‘honour killings’ in 12 districts. On average, 13 murder cases were registered in each of the 61 districts in May this year.

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Commodity Prices Show Mixed Trend in Ramazan

ISLAMABAD, August 17: A FAFEN report on Wednesday said prices of commodities have witnessed a mixed trend in the first half of Ramazan, with 26 items going up by 5% and 20 going down by 7% on monthly basis. Prices of 26 commodities including meat, rice, poultry, sweeteners and some kitchen fuel items registered an average increase of 5% while 20 commodities including apple, potato, tomato, some pulses and vegetable ghee registered an average decrease of 7% in Ramazan, compared to their prices on 10th July 2011.

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Crimes against Women Increased by 18% in a Year

ISLAMABAD, August 5, 2011: Crimes against women, including forced marriages and sexual assaults, registered an increase of 18% over a period of one year, according to a comparison of cases registered in 61 districts across the country.

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25 Commodities Register 13% Price Increase in July 2011

ISLAMABAD, July 28, 2011: The prices of 25 commodities including poultry products, meat, vegetables, cooking oil, kitchen fuel and some pulses and fruits registered an average increase of 13% while 17 commodities registered an average decrease of 4%, which is too meager to offset the sharp increase in the price of important consumer items ahead of Ramazan, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor for the month of July 2011.

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