Dispensaries need more Medicines, Equipment

ISLAMABAD, July 3, 2011: Government needs to invest more in the state-run dispensaries, the first unit in the healthcare infrastructure, to enable them to effectively cope with the basic medical needs of the people. Investment in medicine supply, services, equipment and infrastructure is seriously warranted since government dispensaries observed by FAFEN in May 2011 showed a worrying lack of capacity to provide safe treatment to patients, according to the FAFEN Health Institution Monitor, released here on Sunday.

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30 Commodities Register 5% Price Increase in June 2011

ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2011: Consumers across the country had to pay, on an average, 5% more on the purchase of 30 consumer commodities including some fruits, beef, poultry products, vegetables, rice, sugar, some pulses, cooking oil, cooked food and kitchen fuel in June 2011

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29,221 FIRs Registered in 50 Districts during March 2011

ISLAMABAD, June 27, 2011: As many as 29,221 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered in 50 districts monitored by FAFEN during March 2011. According to FAFEN’s collection of crime statistics in 50 districts of the country for the month of March 2011, nearly one fourth (23%) of FIRs were recorded in Lahore district of Punjab.

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14% Teaching Posts Vacant in Boys’ High Schools

ISLAMABAD, June 26, 2011: Nationwide, 14% of the sanctioned teaching posts and 12% of the sanctioned non-teaching posts were lying vacant in the government boys’ high schools monitored by FAFEN during May 2011. According to FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor released here Sunday, 42% of

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BHUs Lack Staff for Disease Control Programs

ISLAMABAD, June 6, 2011: Almost half of the 80 monitored Basic Health Units (BHUs) in April 2011 by FAFEN did not have specially trained staff to treat TB patients. There was also a noticeable shortage of staff to run disease control programs currently being implemented by the ministry of health. These include the Malaria Control Program (MCP) and the Control of Diarrheal Diseases (CDD) program.

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25 Commodities Register 7% Decrease in May 2011

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2011: As many as 25 commodities including vegetables, pulses, poultry and cooked items registered an average decrease of 7% in their prices. Twenty three commodities on the other hand registered an increase of 5% in their prices in May as compared to April 2011. Of the 52 monitored commodities, the prices of four commodities, however, remained the same, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor for the month of May 2011 released here Wednesday.

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Prices of 25 Commodities Decrease, 23 Increase and 4 Remain the Same

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2011: As many as 25 commodities including vegetables, pulses, poultry and cooked items registered an average decrease of 7% in their prices. Twenty three commodities on the other hand registered an increase of 5% in their prices in May as compared to April 2011. Of the 52 monitored commodities, the prices of four commodities, however, remained the same, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor for the month of May 2011 released here Wednesday.

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Police Stations Understaffed in Punjab, KP and Sindh during January – March 2011

Islamabad, May 30, 2011: The police stations in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were understaffed to a varying degree, while those in Balochistan and Islamabad Capital Territory were heavily overstaffed, according to Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN’s) Police Station Monitor. This report is based on information collected by FAFEN monitors who visited 90 police stations in 62 districts across the country during January – March 2011. Of the monitored 90 police stations, 39 were monitored in Punjab, 23 in KP, 20 police stations in Sindh, seven in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

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10,831 Confirmed New TB Cases Reported in 35 districts in February 2011

ISLAMABAD, May 26, 2011: As many as 10,831 new cases of tuberculosis reported at state-run healthcare facilities in 35 districts across Pakistan during February 2011 is a cause of serious concern for the government particularly in the Punjab province that accounted for 86% of the reported cases in 18 districts. According to FAFEN’s monthly Health Scan, the number of confirmed cases of TB reported in February 2011 is double than the 4,910 cases of the disease reported a month earlier in 37 districts.

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