Apr 5, 2021

COVID-19 Third Wave!

National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Federal Minister Asad Umar said on Sunday that Pakistan's tally for critical Covid patients reached 3,568 yesterday, the highest the country has seen so far.

"This is the highest number since Covid started," the minister said, expressing his concern on Twitter.

Cautioning the masses, Umar further said that there was a need for strong enforcement of Covid SOPs.

 

 

COVID19 in Pakistan is on the rise for the third time and this particular strain of the virus is much more threatening than the previous two. Fatima Memorial as always is 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:

Necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of clinical, paramedical and support staff is to be arranged again as the number is rising.

As per the statistics issued by the National Command and Operation Centre on Sunday, Punjab again recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

Pakistan recorded at least 81 more fatalities on Saturday, out of which 49 occurred in Punjab, whereas K-P recorded 23 deaths. The country's death toll has now reached 14,778.

The country's nerve centre for Covid-19 response added that the total number of active cases in the country currently stood at 60,072, with at least 5,020 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.

According to the NCOC, about 55,605 tests were conducted across the country on April 3, of which 5,020 came out positive, taking the country’s tally for cases so far reported to 687,908.

Punjab has been the worst affected province in Pakistan with this third wave and Fatima Memorial Hospital is located in the heart of the provincial capital, Lahore. The biggest concern of the third wave is that the virus is also spreading among children causing them serious health concerns.

Since the cases are increasing, we as a hospital are preparing for the worse. In order to do so, the hospital requires support from the donors so that in the dire situation, the hospital is able to cater to the needs of the patients and most importantly the paramedic staff.

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.

Now that the vaccine is available we also require support from our valued donors in helping us procure the vaccine. Your donations can only make this possible for the Hospital. We at Fatima Memorial Hospital have already established a Vaccination Center but require your support for the arrangement of vaccine through donations.

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.

Based on the above facts, our valued donors are requested 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.

Mar 1, 2021

A Building with Future!

Education is the road to national development. It creates sense of responsibility among the people. On the basis of education people not only realize their duties but also know how to achieve their national, societal and individual rights. One of the goals of education is to enable the people by enhancing their general consciousness regarding their national and international position as global citizens. This realization creates an atmosphere of trust and cooperation in the society. Education promotes economic development and consequently people become prosperous and play their respective roles in the overall national development.

 

Pakistan is a developing country. Its economy is weak. There is lack of political stability in the country. All these problems are directly or indirectly the offshoot of a weak, polarized and non-unified education system.

 

The problems associated with the education system of Pakistan are lack of adequate budget, lack of policy implementation, defective examination system, poor physical facilities, lack of teacher quality, lack of implementation of education policies, directionless education, low enrollment, high scale dropouts, political interference, outdated curriculum, corruption, poor management and supervision, lack of research, and lack

of uniformity. The above mentioned problems could be solved by formulation of rational policies and plan and by ensuring proper implementation of the policies. Education is a nourishing force. It is the constructive factor for any society. Education enables people to work for their development and growth. Hence education brings out the hidden potentialities of individuals and develops them.

During 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic gripped life globally. Education system is getting worst in many countries as schools remain partially closed with most of the sessions being online.

Furthermore, the 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.

 

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

 

Our major concern is that we are in process of building the college building in an area where the entire student body is affected due to lack of facilities. Around 48 percent 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.

 

Due to COVID19, the construction has been halted, however, now that the schools and colleges have reopened, we have resumed the development work on the project but the biggest hindrance is the availability of lack of funds.

 

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 therefore require the support of our valued donors in order to achieve this milestone. There are numerous students who are desperately waiting for the College to start functioning and this can only happen if our donors support us.

 

Thank you!

Jan 12, 2021

Hunger, A Serious Concern!

Pakistan lags far behind almost all countries in the region in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) – a tool that gauges undernourishment, stunting and weight of children to assign scores.

“In the 2020 Global Hunger Index, Pakistan ranks 88th out of 107 countries with sufficient data to calculate 2020 GHI scores,” said a report. “With a score of 24.6, Pakistan has a level of hunger that is serious.”

With a score of 24.6, Pakistan has a level of hunger that is categorized as serious. In comparison, Bangladesh ranks 75th out of the 107 countries with a score of 20.4, falling in the category of serious while Iran ranks 39th out of the 107 countries with a score of 7.9, having low category.

 

GHI scores are calculated using a three-step process that draws on available data from various sources to capture the multidimensional nature of hunger. First, for each country, values are determined for four indicators including undernourishment, which illustrates the share of the population having insufficient caloric intake, child wasting that means the share of children under the age of five who have low weight for their height and child stunting. Lastly, GHI includes assessment about child mortality reflecting children under the age of five in a category of the fatal mix of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments.

Given the current trajectory, the goal of achieving zero hunger by 2030 will not be fully achieved. This likelihood is evident even before factoring in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is already reducing food and nutrition security around the world, with additional effects expected into the future.

The governments were advised to ensure the right to adequate and nutritious food for all and to end hunger.

We must not only reshape our food systems to become fair, healthy, resilient, and environmentally friendly but also integrate them into a broader political effort to maximize the health of humans, animals, and our planet. To support smallholder farmers in becoming sustainable and diversified producers, governments, donors, the private sector, and NGOs must seek to improve those farmers’ access to agricultural inputs and extension services, coupling local and indigenous agricultural knowledge with new technologies.

With a population of over 210 million, Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world. With nearly one third of the population subsisting from daily and piece-rate wages, the COVID-19 response has necessitated an urgent and immediate strategy to protect those living in extreme poverty.

With lockdowns in effect and physical distancing measures mandatory, there were concerns about the spread of COVID-19, due to which the large population living under the poverty line such as daily wagers are facing hunger.

The state of hunger in Pakistan is clearly explained above. A large number of people in Pakistan sleep on an empty stomach every night. Based on the above, Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation have taken the matter in their own hands and have started to supply food to poverty stricken students and families of NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP).


We are trying to feed as many poor as we can but it is not enough and require more support from our donors in these testing times. The world is suffering but countries like Pakistan are facing major brunt. There are many more families who are unable to afford three meals per day and in order for us to continue to serve the poverty stricken masses. Your donations and support can make a huge difference.

 

Thanking you in advance for your continued support.

 
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