Boys High Schools lack Libraries, Lab equipment and Playgrounds

ISLAMABAD, May 23: About two-fifths of the 118 boys’ high schools monitored in 76 districts across the country in March had no libraries while a similar number was without playgrounds. Additionally, one-fifth of the schools did not have apparatus for science experiments, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Malaria and Dengue on the Rise

Malaria and Dengue on the Rise

Diseases transmitted through mosquitoes saw a significant increase with 2,340 cases of malaria reported in 20 districts in March as compared to 872 in 15 districts in February. There were also 79 cases of dengue in March, all of them reported in Lahore. No case had been recorded in the preceding month. Tank (1,259), Karachi…

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More Districts Report Cases of Honor Killings

More Districts Report Cases of Honor Killings

Cases of honour killings were more widespread in February 2012 as compared to the preceding month – 24 cases being reported in 16 districts as against 19 recorded in 12 districts in January. Despite government’s efforts to eradicate this practice, all four provinces reported at least one such case. It shows that more needs to…

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Most Dispensaries Lack Syringe Cutters, Sterilizers and Medicines

More than three-fifths of the 150 dispensaries monitored by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in March were found to be without syringe cutters. Disposing syringes through cutters prevent transfer of disease, ensuring that they cannot be reused for any other purpose. Similarly, three-fifths of the dispensaries did not have sterilizers. The in-house pharmacies…

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Price of 33 Commodities Increase; 13 Go Down

Price of 33 Commodities Increase; 13 Go Down

The prices of 33 commodities/services increased in March 2012 as compared to the preceding month while those of 13 fell and six remained unchanged. Commodities including pulses, fruit, rice and cooking oils etc. registered an average increase of 5% but prices of poultry products, some vegetables, kitchen fuels, spices and condiments were down 6%. FAFEN’s…

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Specialised Services Lacking at DHQs; Effective Oversight Required

Specialised Services Lacking at DHQs; Effective Oversight Required

ISLAMABAD: Specialised services were found lacking at the District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) monitored in February 2012. Of the 65 such facilities monitored, three-fourths did not offer psychiatry while 61% were without physiotherapy services. Similarly, about two-fifths of the hospitals had no services for cardiology (40%) and chest specialists (43%) while 44% were without orthopedics. Also,…

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Girls Schools Without Support Staff, Playgrounds

Girls Schools Without Support Staff, Playgrounds

ISLAMABAD, April 15: As much as 92% of the 154 government girls’ primary schools monitored in 84 districts in February were without cleaners while about three-fifths did not have peons and security guards, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. The report released Sunday says that information was withheld on the appointments of support staff by the administration of 57 schools. However, in schools that did share information, an average 10% vacancy rate was observed.

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Firs for Counterfeiting Currency Continue to Increase

Firs for Counterfeiting Currency Continue to Increase

The number of First Information Reports (FIRs) filed for counterfeiting currency continued to increase with 44 per district being filed in January 2012 as compared to 37 registered in December and 28 in November 2011. Of the 2,906 cases of threat and fraud, counterfeiting currency was not only the most frequent but also the most…

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