Slowly but surely, an efficient reporting system is taking hold in Pakistan.
Non-physician workers serve the public where few doctors would.
The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has been dominated by persistent inadequacies and inefficiencies.
The incidence of over-treating people from asthma to breast cancer, from high blood pressure to low bone density is on a dramatic rise.
A look at the broader picture shows that medicine, as conventionally practiced, has failed to meet effectively many of the challenges of modern health care.
Failure to eradicate polio from the last remaining strongholds could result in as many as 200,000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world.
Less than a month after Sandy, the United States is as defiant as ever in regards to accepting responsibility as the biggest polluter of the world.
Patients die from a lack of something as simple and inexpensive as a paracetamol to over use of expensive fourth generation antibiotics.
There is an urgent need to bring academia and well trained pharmacy professionals at the state level of public health in Pakistan.
In the past 60 years, more than 70 per cent of all newly emerging infectious diseases in humans have originated from animals.
Pasteurisation of dairy products indeed is the single most effective means to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in human beings.
Withdrawn ‘wonder drug’ Thalidomide linked to birth defects has resurfaced after almost 50 years for the treatment of leprosy.
Institutions that should be contributing towards transparency in the health sector in Pakistan are themselves victims of the deficiencies they seek to address.
Pharmacists are arguably the most important missing link in the provision of quality medicines and their safe usage today in Pakistan.
The exploitation of the grey area between legal and illegal drugs allows the flow of huge sums of money to reach illicit traders and manufacturers.
It is a spectacular failure on part of so many people therein – voters, politicians and development experts and workers – that poverty exists and persists.
Of all the functions related to drug regulation, the most important factor for its success in Pakistan is who is charged to lead it.
Making TB a notifiable disease would make it mandatory for the government to ensure fair distribution of resources to treat all patients for free.
The major challenge in confronting health systems today is to tip the balance away from health services that are doctor-dominated.
Is their fate going to be any different than ours in a related initiative back in 1972?