Sep 8, 2020

Fighting Cataract during COVID19

Pakistan is among few countries, where patients of the medical condition that causes blurred vision have the best access to surgery in the world, say experts.

According to them, Pakistan is among 12 countries with the highest cataract surgical rate, which is the number of cataract operations performed per million people in one year and is used as a proxy indicator of access to cataract services in a country.

Huge number of patients have not been getting treatment due to COVID19 since they are avoiding visiting the hospitals. This has caused a huge number of patients who now require surgeries. This excess load of patients who are waiting for their surgeries need your support.

The main contributing factors include injury to the eye, inflammatory and infectious eye diseases, and diseases such as diabetes mellitus. The only treatment that provides a cure for cataracts is surgery.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has taken this initiative of not only creating awareness about the treatment of cataract but it also provides free treatment to those suffering from this painful disease.

As mentioned above, the number of patients waiting in line for surgeries has increased due to COVID19 and in general, the number of cataract patients is increasing day by day, the resources of FMH are limited, we require donations from our altruistic donors. At the moment when the COVID19 pandemic has taken over by storm, all the resources have been diverted towards treating COVID19 patients which is affecting other medical treatments. At this point in time we need extra support from out valued donors so that we can also address cataract surgeries which are increasing day by day.

Fatima Memorial Hospital is depending on the assistance of its generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients. Therefore, please support us!


Thank you.

Aug 4, 2020

FIghting the Pandemic

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

Fatima Memorial was amongst the first teaching hospitals to declare a Covid-19 Isolation Ward and Critical Care Unit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following were designated for COVID-19:

COVID-19 Isolation Block – 11 Beds

COVID-19 High Dependency Unit – 2 Beds

COVID-19 ICU – 9 Beds

Separate Filter Clinic for screening of all OPD patients to prevent cross contamination.

Operation Theaters for COVID – 19 patients – 2

Delivery Room for COVID-19 patients - 1

Necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of clinical, paramedical and support staff was also arranged through donations. Additional 4 hand washing facilities were provided at entry points of the hospital. A walk-through disinfection tunnel was also installed at the main entrance to mitigate infection. Patients were encouraged to maintain a safe social distance in waiting areas.

Awareness sessions on Covid-19 was arranged for all clinical staff in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The Infection Control Department conducted training sessions on the donning and doffing of PPEs, hand hygiene for clinical & paramedical staff, disposal of COVID-19 waste, public awareness sessions regarding safety measures.

So far Fatima Memorial has treated more almost 150 patients and still counting. The biggest challenge for this charity based institution is the arrangement of equipment such as PPE Kits, Masks, Ventilators, which are key essentials for saving lives. The frontline staff is at risk at all times and require protective gear in order to cater to patients. A number of patients are moved to the ICU where ventilators are required and unfortunately, the hospital does not have enough ventilators. As a healthcare facility, we are doing whatever we can to save lives, however, there have been cases where the hospital could not take more patients due to non-availability of ventilators.

Keeping in view the above facts, our esteemed donors are urged to facilitate the hospital through donations so that all required equipment can be procured timely.

Our donors have always supported us and we would like them to continue doing so especially in these testing times.

Thank you.

Jul 1, 2020

Fortress of Education

Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of a digital and globalised world in profound ways. This pandemic has hit humanity like a thunderbolt and the international community is still scrambling to contain the spread of this deadly virus. It has wreaked havoc in both developed and developing world indiscriminately and laid bare the dysfunctional governance systems that were ill-prepared to provide an effective response to this transnational pandemic. The pandemic has, no doubt, disrupted the economic, political and social world order and put the modernization theory of civilization advancement to rest.

 

Educational infrastructure is badly shaken in the wake of this pandemic and UNESCO reported that nationwide closures have impacted 89% of the world’s student population. Developed countries have robust technological infrastructures and have switched to digital platforms in order to cope with the evolving situation.

Students belonging to the poverty stricken areas are worse off when it comes to accessing education owing to lack of facilities.

Around 48 per cent of schools in the country do not have toilets, boundary walls, electricity and drinking water while Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P) are ahead of the other two provinces – Sindh and Balochistan – on various educational parameters.

It has been revealed in the annual Pakistan District Education Rankings, which covered all 151 districts in the country to assess their education scores – based on levels of enrolment, retention, learning, gender parity and school facilities.

According to the report issued on Tuesday, the top 22 districts are all from Punjab with the K-P’s District Mardan breaking in at the 23rd rank. FR Lakki Marwat stands on the bottom-most rung with 146th rank.

 

A new index for school completeness shows that only 52% of all government schools in the country have all four facilities – toilets, boundary walls, running electricity and drinking water. Only 24 of the 146 ranked districts scored more than 90 in school infrastructure score.

 

It also shows that a whopping 81% of all government schools are primary schools which imply that after the primary education, children in the country have limited opportunities to continue their education.

The biggest challenge is to provide these children access to higher education for which the infrastructure in poverty stricken areas is pathetic. NUR Foundation has taken an initiative of building a college in such areas.

With the challenges mentioned above, NUR Foundation started its schools in the year 1996 and since then, it has not only took 18000 children out of the dark holes of illiteracy but also helped them in attaining jobs to earn a respectable living. However, the current schools are not sufficient to cater to the needs of the rising number of students. Hence, in pursuit of its mission of providing free education to the underprivileged in Malikpur, NUR Foundation has started the project of constructing a College building for them. In order to finance the building, generous donations from our esteemed donors are necessary.

Given below is the breakdown of the funds that we require to start the college:

Furniture: Rs. 1,540,000 = USD 10,000
Computer Lab: Rs. 550,000 = USD 3,500
Science Lab: Rs. 350,000 = USD 2.250
Library: Rs. 500,000 = USD 3,250
Play Area: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Cafeteria: Rs. 100,000 = USD 645
Mosque: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Conference Room: Rs. 150,000 = USD 970
Principal Office: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Boundary Wall: Rs. 2,700,000 = USD 1,710
Guard Cabin: Rs. 30,000 = USD 200

We at NUR Foundation, request our esteemed donors to donate with a generous heart for this noble cause and help us in making this fortress of education.

Thank you!

 
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