Recent increase of influenza A, H1N1 pdm09 cases in the different parts of country the National Institute of Health (NIH), Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) had organized a one day seminar on Influenza awareness for Health-Care Professionals at PIMS Islamabad.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide updated influenza information on epidemiology, current situation in Pakistan and global scenario as well.
A Memorandum of understanding was agreed upon between National Institute of Health (NIH) and Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) in Islamabad.
NIH and GCISC shares common objectives, especially to undertake scientific research on climate change. This MoU is signed to promote joint activities including commissioning research studies on climate change and its impacts on human health, training and capacity building, exchange of technical personnel, sharing of data, publications and reports.
The second laboratory strategic planning workshop was organised by WHO in collaboration with NIH from 22 to 24 January 2018 in Islamabad. The participants of the meeting included members of the National Laboratory Working Group(NLWG) from various sectors with laboratory component and all provinces across the country.
During the workshop, final endorsed version of the National Laboratory Policy was reviewed in line with the WHO regional Strategic framework for strengthening health laboratory services 2016-2020 and strategic objectives were drafted for policy topics.
1st coordination meeting on antimicrobial resistance/GLASS was organized by Department of Microbiology, Public Health Laboratories Division, NIH from 25-26th January 2018 in Islamabad.
The participants included focal persons and lab data entry personnel/technician from nominated provincial sentinel laboratories.
During the workshop participants were briefed about ongoing GLASS program in Pakistan followed by hands on training on WHONET software.
The 2nd consultative meeting on provincial frontline-FELTP was held in Islamabad at the National Institute of Health (NIH) from 6th to 9th February 2018, which was chaired by the Executive Director NIH. Representatives from the provincial health departments, Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical Institute, health departments of Gilgit-Baltistan and State of Azad Jammu &Kashmir attended the meeting along with the Technical Surveillance Officers from Disease Surveillance and Response Units. The various health departments chalked out their respective plans for frontline-FELTP in their provinces. A 2-day mentor’s workshop was also conducted from 7th – 8th February which was attended by 6 TSOs, 1 NSTOP team lead, 3 government officials, 2 representatives from Pak Army and one from NIH.
A hockey match between NIH Seniors and NIH Juniors has been organized at NIH colony Ground on 8th Feb 2018 by Workers Welfare Association (WWA) of NIH. Prof. Brig. Aamer Ikram, Exective Director NIH and Head Workers Welfare Association was chief guest of this occasion. The chief guest distributed the prize at the end of the match. Mr. Qasar Alam, President WWA, Ch. Qadeer Ahmed, General Secretory and the members of Executive council WWA also participated in this match ceremony.
Pakistan, National EOC in collaboration with provincial EOCs, FELTP-NSTOP- CDC - WHO –UNICEF -BMGF organized an Advanced Training for Senior Government officials and NSTOP officers at Dubai from 23rd-28 February 2018. Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Senator chaired the opening session of training on 23rd February 2018. A total of 81 participants were trained on advance skills on Polio Eradication including 65 NSTOP officers and 23 senior Government, 4 Provincial EOC Coordinators and 5Provincial Technical Focal Persons BMGF. Trainings were facilitated by 18 technical experts from NEOC, CDC, FELTP NSTOP, WHO and NIH.
Annual Tree Plantation Activity 2018, celebrated on 6th March 2018 in the premises of College of Medical Laboratory Technology NIH Islamabad. Worthy Executive Director, National Institute of Health Brigadier Amir Ikram was the Chief guest and inaugurated the ceremony by planting a tree. Executive Director and Principal College addressed the student regarding importance of planting trees and going green.
All the teachers and college students actively participated in this ceremony. This event was organized by Mr. Muhammad Usman, Scientific Officer/Warden Boys Hostel.
Annual Sports Prize Distribution ceremony (2017-18) was held in the Auditorium of College of Medical Laboratory Technology NIH, Islamabad on 8th March 2018. The Worthy Executive Director and Director Administration were the chief Guests. The Chief guests, Principal and teachers distributed the trophies and shields amongst the participants and winners.
The Honorable Executive Director in his address, appreciated the winners and encouraged the Runners up.
Pakistan had successfully developed the AMR NAP in 2017 as a government priority and international commitment to the WHA resolution. As part of the implementation process, a planning workshop was organized by NIH in collaboration with WHO from19th -21st March 2018 in Islamabad to translate the AMR NAP into provincial and regional operational plans. The work shop participants included technical experts from each province and region in areas of epidemiology, laboratory, health education, IPC, academia and provincial DRAP from health, veterinary, environmental sectors. The participants as provincial and regional groups, discussed and worked on elaborating the activities under each of the seven strategic priorities and major interventions in the AMR NAP.
The National Institute of Health and National TB control Program along with World Health Organization (WHO) organized TB Awareness Walk at National Institute of Health, with the theme of “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free Pakistan.” The theme focuses on the role of leaders in building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level but at all tiers. From community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, nongovernmental organizations and other partners, all can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own area of work. The aim of the event was to create awareness about TB and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
On this occasion, Brig. Dr. Aamer Ikram, National Coordinator PM Health Complex and ED NIH, said that TB is a huge public health concern and drug resistance of TB cases is on rise in Pakistan. He also said that early diagnosis and appropriate and complete treatment is the most effective way to prevent the disease. He said that Government of Pakistan is providing free of cost diagnostic and treatment facilities. He emphasized that awareness programs can minimize the risk of disease and stigma in the society.
All the partners including WHO country office, students of College of Medical Laboratories Technology (CMLT), senior officers of the National TB Control Program, EPI and Health Services Academy participated in the walk.
Dr. M Ismail (fellow FELTP Pakistan) won the first prize in oral presentation at the Regional EMPHNET conference held at Amman Jordon in March 2018. The topic of his presentation was “Measles Outbreak Investigation in Village Bara, Khyber Agency, Pakistan-February 2017”.
Sixth EMPHINET Regional Scientific Conference was held in Amman, Jordan from March 27 -29, 2018. This was a competitive conference, where field epidemiology programs working under ministries of health of EMRO region sent their best scientific work to present in this conference. Only 147 abstract of more than 400 submitted were accepted. Pakistan was ranked higher than all other countries as 35% of all abstracts accepted were from Pakistan. Pakistan has 35 oral presentations and 14 poster presentations accepted making 49 total presentations. In previous regional conference also Pakistan was ranked number one and was 3rd in last global conference where seventy countries participated.
Pakistan delegation was led by Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch Secretary Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (MNSRC). Brig Aamer Ikram (Executive Director NIH) who is also Director FELTP and Rana Jawad Asghar Resident Adviser (CDC) were also part of this delegation.
National Institute of Health, Islamabad developed National Action Plan for Dengue Control. In this regard a review meeting form National Dengue Action Plan was arranged with cooperation of CDC, Pakistan on March 29-30, 2018 at Marriott Hotel Islamabad, with aim to discuss the national action plan in detail and make a consensus on plan which may be implemented throughout Pakistan. Representatives of all Provinces, regions and international consultants attended the meeting. Participants critically discussed all sections and activities of the plan and gave important feedback with their multidimensional expertise.
In concluding remarks Brigadier Dr Aamer Ikram, Executive Director NIH thanked all participants and their valuable input for finalization of National Action Plan for Dengue Control. He said that the strength of any program is its procedures and protocols. It is important that we have a national action plan for dengue which will serve as policy guidelines in all regions accordingly.
Federal Minister National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar and members of National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Pakistan visited NIH on April 05, 2018.
Chairman of National Standing Committee Dr. Hafeez Ur Rehman Khan Drishak, Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, members of the Standing Committee and Federal Secretary Health Naveed Kamran Baloch were present on the occasion.
Executive Director, NIH, Brigadier Dr. Aamer Ikram, gave orientation to delegation about number of developments in NIH within very short span of time. He explained how NIH is offering solutions for prevention of different communicable disease in Pakistan. He also highlighted the role of NIH in prolific production of different kinds of vaccine to meet demand of Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion Federal Minister Saira Afzal Tarar informed the committee that with concerted efforts we have completely turned around National Institute of Health. She said we were determined to improve the performance of this premier health institution in the country and by the grace of Allah Almighty we have not only achieved the objectives but also transformed the institute into one of international standing.