Mukhtar Alam

A harsh remedy

A harsh remedy

Strikes may prove futile but public-sector doctors in Sindh feel they have no other option but to resort to them,... Published 21 Apr, 2013 09:58am

Factory registration moves at snail’s pace

KARACHI, April 13: A critically slow pace of work at the Sindh labour department can be imagined from the fact that its inspectors and field officers could register, or detect, only 82 factories under The Factory Act, Published 14 Apr, 2013 01:01am

Child protection body may be operational by July

KARACHI, March 24: While waiting for issuance of a notification of relevant rules, the Sindh welfare department expects to make the Sindh Child Protection Authority (SCPA) — a legal body aimed at monitoring Published 25 Mar, 2013 07:00am

Quality uncontrolled

Mukhtar Alam exposes the inadequacies and flaws of our drug regulatory procedures. Drug associated mishaps or deaths... Published 20 Jan, 2013 05:27am

Work on trauma centre resumes after funds release

KARACHI, Dec 9: After a pause of a few weeks, work at Civil Hospital Karachi’s new trauma centre began anew after around Rs184 million was diverted to the project over a week ago, Dawn has learnt. Published 10 Dec, 2012 02:49am

Pneumococcal vaccination drive delayed for one month

KARACHI, Nov 23: The Sindh health department may take three more weeks to include the much-awaited pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in its routine free immunisation service for children across the province, it emerged on Friday. Published 23 Nov, 2012 08:21pm

Year’s first polio case in city confirmed

KARACHI, Nov 21: Karachi reported its first polio case of the year on Wednesday, when the national health authorities confirmed poliovirus in an 18-month-old boy living in UC 11 of Liaquatabad, bringing the total Published 22 Nov, 2012 01:45am

Doctors’ bodies plan massive protests over Quetta arrests

KARACHI, Nov 20: Several doctors’ bodies on Tuesday announced their plans for province-wide and country-wide protests, including suspension of duties, if the protesting doctors of Balochistan were not released and cases against them were not withdrawn Published 20 Nov, 2012 07:35pm

Alarming increase in electrical burns cases

KARACHI, Nov 11: The Civil Hospital Karachi burns centre — the only referral health unit for burn injuries across the province — has witnessed an alarming increase in the number of admissions of electrical burn cases in recent years. Published 11 Nov, 2012 08:12pm

Independent water chlorine tests done away with

KARACHI, Oct 19: The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and the provincial health department decided on Friday that the final report about the quality of water would be issued by the KWSB laboratory and district health offices will stop Published 19 Oct, 2012 08:18pm

Official’s son ‘goes missing’: Anti-polio drive in jeopardy

KARACHI, Oct 13: Two days ahead of the launch of a three-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign, set to begin on Oct 15, area supervisors of the drive in Gulberg Town have threatened to boycott all anti-polio activities if the son of one of their colle Published 13 Oct, 2012 08:35pm

‘Brain-eating amoeba’ claims another life

KARACHI, Oct 3: The death of a young man caused by waterborne Naegleria meningitis has heightened concerns about the quality of water people consume in the city. Published 03 Oct, 2012 08:24pm

Police return ambulance to CHK after it develops fault

KARACHI, Sept 16: After remaining a part of the convoys of VVIPs for many months, the new ventilator-fitted ambulance bought for over Rs6 million has now returned to the parking lot of the Civil Hospital Karachi after it developed a major fault, it emerge Published 16 Sep, 2012 07:12pm

DNA samples being obtained from relatives

KARACHI, Sept 13: With bodies of 82 victims of the Baldia factory blaze still unidentified, the Sindh health department collected around 65 blood samples from the victims’ relatives for DNA analysis on Thursday. Published 14 Sep, 2012 02:27am

Three high-risk UCs left out as anti-polio drive begins

KARACHI, Sept 10: A three-day anti-polio campaign under the sub-national immunisation days (SNIDs) began in Karachi on Monday amid security concerns for front-line polio eradication workers and non-payment of their dues Published 10 Sep, 2012 08:04pm