Press Release

Seminar on “Future of Healthcare in Pakistan”

Pakistan would have to take extraordinary measures for the conservation of future of healthcare.  These views were expressed by the international and domestic healthcare experts while speaking at a seminar on “Future of Healthcare in Pakistan” at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Dr. Syed Naweed and Amjad Ali Jawa were prominent amongst the others. LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad and Executive Committee Members were also present on the occasion. During the seminar stern measures to promote vaccine industry in Pakistan, role of vaccine industry in National Security, Vaccination, Healthier Society and National Security and Making Pakistan self-sufficient in production for better health came under discussing.

The experts said that in Pakistan, Children have been trapping in the quagmire of a number  of lethal deseases which are as polio, diphtheria, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae( Type b- Hib), Pnemococcal Disease, Meningococcal Disease, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Inflenza, Rotavirus, Human Papillomavirus and many more. Unforetunately, the ratio is skyrocketing day by day. The country is on the crossroad of destiny regarding becoming self sufficient to deal with the deadly diseases such as dengue fever, SARs, Ebola, Zika Virus, monkey pox, plague and Lassa fever. Currently, Pakistan has one of the highest infants immortality rate in the world. The growth of a large contingent of our children is stunted because of early childhood diseases, lack of immunization, poor nutrition, genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors.

Vaccines are the most effective medication for the prevantion of the aforementioned diseases which are also cost effective. Billions of people are getting rid of the diseases because of quality vaccination. According to research, vaccines save lives of approximately three million children every year. In spite of relying on other countries for vaccines to prevent the lethal disease, Pakistan must establish its own vaccine production and supply. The reasons include as supply and quality security, control over production scheduling and sustainability, cost management, socio-economic development, and rapid response to local epidemics and emerging infectious diseases etc. The countries which have taken the initiative of Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) vaccines have a better ratio to countering the diseases in more effective manners. Childhood morbidity and mortality are falling considerably because of the vaccine taking. High infant mortality rate and burden of diseases will exert bad influence on the next generation of Pakistan. The financial burden and increasing ratio of diseases will shake the tectonic plates of human capital, national economy, national capicity, self-reliance and sufficiency. That is the reason; precautionary measures are required to take to build a healthier nation by promoting vaccine by government. The basic manufacturing steps are required to take for production of vaccines in safe, effective and consistent manners. Attention must be given to caveats; nearly infinite combinations of biological variability in basic starting materials, the microorganism itself, the environmental condition of microbial culture, the knowledge and experience of the manufacturing technician, and the steps involved in the purification processes. 

In economic perspective, the market of vaccines is getting momentum because of its abundant usage. Soon, that is becoming the most profitable source in the world’s largest pharma industry. The total worth of the vaccine is close to $24billion and expected to grow to $61billion by 2020. So Pakistan should also interact with the leading pharma companies for partnership. The companies should be encouraged to invest in Pakistan and expand their services for the betterment of health and economy of the country. This will surely create a win-win situation by boosting up the economy and building healthier world by decreasing the deadly health risks. Through this, Pakistan will not only be able to build its good repute on the international level but also strive for achieving goals and dreams following the footprints of WHO because vaccines are mandatory for national security and welfare state.

It is pertinent to mention here that Neurobiologist Naweed Syed became the first person to reconnect a network of brain cells onto a specially designed silicon chip, proving that the chemistries of living beings and computers could coexist and even cooperate.

Syed’s Researchers, in partnership with a German Institute, stimulated nerve cells extracted from a snail to communicate with one anther. A translator located on a chip recorded the “conversation” of the cells. If the chip could be programmed to become part of a cell coversations in Humans, Syed says, the health benefits could be revolutionery. A microchip, for intance,could recognize an impulse to say, snort cocaine and fire a counter message.  It could replace the functions of brain cells demaged from stroke and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It could even control pathetic limbs.