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Economic Affairs Division Signs MOU with Prime Foundation

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General body meeting of PAFEC KP Chapter held at PMC

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PIPH faculty’s research on hand washing behavior change published in Oxford Journal of Public Health

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PIPH faculty's article published in WHO EMRO's East Mediterranean Health Journal

Prime Foundation & AKU's collaborative research project published in Lancet - Global Health

Study was regarding community engagement for immunization.

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Emergency & Disaster Management workshop in collaboration with Rescue 1122 and PDMA

Participants were trained by specialists from Rescue 1122 and Provincial Disaster Management Authority

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Press Release - 30th August, 2017

The current Dengue fever outbreak in parts of Peshawar has been in regular news since 3rdweek of August, while isolated reports of suspected and confirmed cases of the disease surfaced during July and first death due to Dengue fever was reported in press on 1st August . By the end of August, the number of cases has climbed to 2000 with mortalities being reported every day. The number of deaths due to the disease by late August stands at 10 (ten).

Kuwait Teaching Hospital (KuTH), a Prime Foundation-attached hospital, is actively involved in diagnosis, treatment and notification of the disease since July. The hospital had initially dedicated 10 isolation beds for patients of the outbreak but the number of beds was increased four five folds after witnessing the high number of incoming patients. Kuwait Teaching Hospital has admitted hundreds of Dengue fever patients until now with only one mortality who also suffered from hypertension and diabetes. The hospital is offering exclusive platelet separation and transfusion facility that enables the utilization of one donor to donate fresh platelets for transfusion to the dengue patients than several donors for a single patient. This lifesaving treatment is available at a subsidized cost of PKR 13000. The facility is not available with any public sector hospital locally. Summary of the various dengue tests that are offered on subsidized rates at KuTH is given below in a comparative form with other hospitals/providers.

The medical superintendent of KuTH has urged the Government, WHO, UN agencies and other philanthropists to come forward and support the hospital for provision of subsidized care to dengue patients because due to increasing influx of dengue patients the hospital is finding it hard to continue with the subsidized services on its own.

Prime Foundation has adopted comprehensive approach towards curbing and treating this disease. PF is also making effort at active prevention of spread of the disease at community level. Prime Institute of Public Health (PIPH), an offshoot of Prime Foundation is spearheading the community drive aimed at community education and mobilization and is actively coordinating with professional bodies and community organizations. In this regard, PIPH collaborated with PIMA (Pakistan Islamic Medical Association) and Al-Khidmat Foundation in holding a capacity building workshop for community workforce. Attendees were educated on Dengue fever, its symptoms and spread, breeding-grounds of the mosquito, preventive measures, etc. These efforts will be furthered strengthened by introducing critical workforce of female community mobilizers for better penetration in the community at household level. This trained workforce will be utilized for risk assessment and community education and mobilization and will act as a bridge between the communities and mobile and static diagnostic & healthcare facilities. Prime Foundation and its hospitals are regularly reporting to Health Department and provincial health cluster.

Further, Prime Foundation has redirected LLINs (Long Lasting Insecticidal Net) i.e. chemically treated bed nets from its routine field projects, of which 900 were handed over to Health Department and 50 were given to Kuwait Teaching Hospital for admitted dengue patients.