38% Boys High Schools Lack Libraries, Playgrounds

38% Boys High Schools Lack Libraries, Playgrounds

As many as 38% government boys high schools do not have a library, 40% lack playgrounds and 42% do not have security guards, according to FAFEN’s monitoring of state-run boys high schools across the country during January, 2011. The government needs to resolve infrastructural issues and ensure the availability of key facilities in order to improve standards of secondary education in the country, says FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor released here Monday.

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Polio Persists Despite 17 Years of Campaigning

One confirmed Polio case was reported in Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi, in November 2010, indicating the persistence of the viral disease despite aggressive vaccination campaigns by the government since 1993 for its eradication.

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33 Commodities Register Price Increase in January

ISLAMABAD, January 26, 2011: The price of tomato, cooking ghee and oil, rice, meat, eggs, fruits and kitchen fuel registered a varying degree of increase in the month of January, 2011 as compared to their price in December, 2010, according to FAFEN Retail Price Monitor, released here Wednesday.

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Inadequate Maternity Care Infrastructure at BHUs

Inadequate Maternity Care Infrastructure at BHUs

ISLAMABAD, January 2, 2011: Basic Health Units (BHUs) across the country are significantly deficient in the provision of maternity services as a significant percentage of the BHUs monitored during November 2010 lacked essential infrastructure and supplies such as labor rooms and delivery kits that are critical to safe child births.

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Onion, Sugar, Potato Prices Decrease in December

ISLAMABAD, December 31, 2010: The prices of onion and sugar, which significantly increased during the past few months, considerably decreased in December, 2010. Nationwide, as many as 17 commodities including potato, onion, sugar, pulses and meat came down by an average of 7% during December as compared to their respective prices in November 2010, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor released here Friday.

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More Resources Needed to Boost TB Control Efforts

More Resources Needed to Boost TB Control Efforts

ISLAMABAD, December 8, 2010: More investments in basic facilities and equipment are essential to improve the services at the Tuberculosis Health Centers (TBHCs) across Pakistan that are relatively better staffed and adequately stocked with medicines as compared to other government-run healthcare outlets in Pakistan, thus enjoying a higher level of patient satisfaction, according to FAFEN’s monthly Health Institution Monitor released here Wednesday.

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