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Pakistani Mount Everest Climber Hassan Sadpara Diagnosed with Cancer

Renowned Pakistani mountaineer Hassan Sadpara (real name Hassan Asad) has been diagnosed with cancer. According to a close relative of Hassan, he has been admitted to a private hospital in Rawalpindi, however, after an appeal from his son, the government will soon shift him to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment.

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Renowned Pakistani mountaineer Hassan Sadpara (real name Hassan Asad) has been diagnosed with cancer. According to a close relative of Hassan, he has been admitted to a private hospital in Rawalpindi, however, after an appeal from his son, the government will soon shift him to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment.

Hassan Sadpara remains in critical condition meanwhile the government has assured to provide all possible support for his treatment. The government will bear all expenses for the treatment of the national hero who is battling against blood cancer.

Hassan Sadpara Receives 2.5 Million from Government for Cancer Treatment

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had awarded Hassan Sadpara a 5 million rupees in recognition of his heroic services. CM Gilgit-Baltistan and Minister Kashmir Affairs can also be seen.

Karrar Haidri, the spokesman for Alpine Club of Pakistan told media:

“The government has assured to bear all the treatment expenses of Sadpara. Hence we’ve decided to shift him to CMH for better treatment,”

He further added:

“The minister in the message has said that the government acknowledges that Sadpara is a national pride and he will be provided full support for medical treatment.”

Hassan Sadpara is the father of four children including three sons and one daughter.

Hassan Sadpara is the first Pakistani mountaineer to have climbed six out of eight 8000+ meters high mountains, including the world’s highest peak Everest (8848m), K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II(8034m), Nanga Parbat (8126 m) and Broad Peak (8051m).

 

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

“Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

He further added:

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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