16.12.14

So now we mourn,

Not for soldiers,

Not for men of war,

But for innocent children who couldn’t find the right escape door,

For the teachers who just wanted the nation to be something more,

For the parents who had nothing to pay for,

We, as a nation, mourn.

Isn’t it strange how until a couple of hours ago, we were just normal teenagers, coming out of the exam room, jittery and eager for the TV filled day ahead, but when we grabbed the remote, we realized, the country had been turned upside down.

Today, I watched the strongest man I know, burst into tears, I watched hundreds of profile pictures turn black, I watched political blame games from my living room, I watched statuses of disgust and bewailment flood my news-feed.  Today I not only watched death on TV but also felt it running down my spine as a chill.

These children, these 5th graders, what had they done to deserve this fate? It makes you wonder what is in store for the rest of us, would you lay your life on the line to save an elder? It makes us wonder what we would do for our country, our siblings. The answer is, whatever it takes. I’m not talking about picking up a gun, I’m not talking about giving up my future law career to join the army. I’m talking about that little string that’s been pulled inside all of our hearts, we are ready for whatever it takes to protect those innocent lives, we are ready to serve our motherland. We may all say we’ll leave the country  after college, but Pakistan is our nation, this is not just a rant but something instilled deep within us. Setting aside the love hate relationship we may have with populace. When a tragedy hits, we stand in harmony, and that is the sign of a patriot at heart.

I don’t know what to tell you, bad things happen every day, does that make them less petrifying, no. But today, we as teenagers have witnessed and felt in our hearts what most will never experience in a lifetime, this atrocity has changed all of us and I know for a fact, some of us stay up all night, but tomorrow, we as a nation, as the people of Pakistan, will rise up stronger than ever, and this time, I assure you, we will be ready to battle anything. We need to formulate a plan to protect not only ourselves but also those around us, we need to figure out the maximum we can do for the mothers that are sobbing, the fathers that are numb and the siblings who are scarred for life.

Today, we mourn,

Tomorrow we face the world, as the strongest of them all.

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Grow-vember is here again.

It’s Grow-vember again! (Do you see what I did there?)
The time of the year where men, or boys (whichever term you prefer) ditch their razors and get their man hair game on.

By encouraging men all over the world to get involved, this ‘challenge’, if you will, aims to cause you to wonder why your bro is growing a ‘stache, create conversation which may or may not involve admiration(for the mighty ‘mooch’), and eventually find out about diseases which inflict men today, and to generate funds for prevention and treatment.

Hey it's movember

Since Nixor College teaches us all to do the right thing for the right reason, it’s only reasonable for all of us to participate in this challenge, in the name of raising awareness for men’s’ health. The rules are simple, the implementation is amusing, and the results will be hopefully amazing. Before we get into rules, here’s a little something you should know before about Movember:

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.

The Movember community has raised $574 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow “moustaches” during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.

For 30 days the focus is on raising money and awareness of men’s health using moustaches. The aim is to raise enough awareness and funds to help reduce worldwide deaths from prostate and testicular cancers, and help improve the outlook for men who have been diagnosed with these diseases, as well as improving the outlook for those diagnosed with mental health conditions.

So ladies and gents (yes ladies too), wear your moustaches with pride this month and become a Mo Bro, or a Mo Sista. Mo Sista’s- you can play your part by sporting a moustache-related item to create awareness and maybe take a lot of selfies at the local hangout, Sattarbaksh, with its signature ‘mooch’ and upload them with the aforementioned caption.

Here are the rules:

There are no requirements, everyone can participate, And if you can’t grow moustache, stick on ones are allowed, or could forget the moustache and simply donate to raise awareness for such a worthy cause. Admin and teachers are more than welcome to participate as well. Also we cut it down to 20 days because I’m not sure if your moms are okay with you guys looking like homeless men for the rest of the month. However for anyone who’s doing it for the entire month, you, sir, are awesome!

  1. You clean shave on the 8th of November, all ready for the game!
  2. NO SHAVING
  3. NO SHAVING FOR TWENTY DAYS
  4. NO SHAVING EVEN IF YOU FIND IT UNAPPEALING AND UNAESTHETIC
  5. NO shaving even if you have a girlfriend who finds you unappealing
  6. If you shave you are out.
  7. SLIGHT trimming is allowed so you don’t look like cavemen.
  8. You can shave on the 28th of November, clean shave or trim it to some style like soul patch or goatee etc, depending on you.
  9. Take a picture of yourself every day and at the end of Movember you can’t post a time-lapse of your No Shave November look. (optional)
  10. Share Nixor Hospital’s tips and facts for the men in your life, as a way of looking out for them, supporting them and encouraging them.
  11. Donate to Nixor Hospital, the money will be donated to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre for the treatment of testicular and prostate cancer.

If you are wondering why you should take part of this challenge, let Nixor Hospital present you with a few unfortunate facts.

-Suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 35.

-A man will die of prostate cancer every hour. So in Pakistan… that’s incomprehensible math for me.

-47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years, and over 90% occur in men under 55 years.

So, Mo Bros sporting upper lip hair effectively become walking talking billboards for the 30 days of Movember raising funds and much needed awareness around the often ignored issues of men’s health.

So go ahead, ladies and gentlemen, and do your part as members of the Nixor Community to create global awareness, starting from within our own college and homes.

Happy Movember-ing!

Seventeen and Willful

I am seventeen years old and I have a serious weight problem.

See that? Notice how your mind jumped directly to obesity? Apparently, you’re not the only one. I did a little research, and by research, I mean I typed ‘weight problems’ into Google and you’ll never guess what I found, not even a mention of skinny people till the FOURTH PAGE! Our perception of a weight problem is set to anyone who fills their clothes out just a little more than we do. Well, boy do I have news for you!

I am seventeen years old and I weigh less than your average eleven year old.

The thing is, we’re actually praised for looking like thread, be it white, yellow, brown or black (I certainly hope you’re not purple, but if you are, don’t worry, I’ll do another piece on you later). Thread is always preferred over yarn. Being heavy is taboo to talk about but I often get compliments about my ‘perfect’ body.  Now why is that? Malnutrition is just as huge of a problem as obesity is, the only difference is our perception of the disease. That’s right, I called it a disease, you should be scared by now.

I am seventeen years old and I fear my health issue.

Its not too early to take care of your health. Yes, we’re teenagers with firm belief in the YOLO concept but being over or under weight is a serious problem which can even result in premature death. Now THAT, is truly scary. So what will we do about it? Those who are underweight, may run to the refrigerator and stare that baby down. While those who consider themselves over, will avoid that devil at all costs. Let me tell you as someone who has weighed 35 kg for a while now, THAT DOESN’T WORK.

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I am seventeen years old and i will help my body grow, and so will you.

I’d just like to say here, I’m no medical student, heck, I havent studied a word of biology since 8th grade. But what i do have is a laptop and the will to make things better for myself. Its scary enough looking at the effects of weight issues such as bone fractures and infertility (let that sink in for a second) but what we have to do is change that, you know only you can.

I am seventeen years old and I’m starting a diet plan.

Again, I’d like to emphasize, being over or under weight are BOTH serious problems. So plan a diet, start slow, maybe by taking a little more fruit salad and a little less pakora in your iftari this evening. Or, actually drinking the banana shake (that’s been lying in the fridge, begging you to put it out of it’s misery) and having nuts before school in the morning. Whatever it may be, your will (and your stomach, of course) has to be strong. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have yet another piece of paper to tape on my door, I trust you’ll be doing the same tonight.

By Shaza Malik 

Summer Clinic Diaries

A little point of view from the Nixor Hospital volunteers of Class of 2016 on their first day at the Nixor Hospital Clinic in Gizri.

As an A0 and a future Shark, this was not my first experience with the Clinic. I had volunteered once before during my holidays so I still had an idea on what to expect this time. The only differences were that the previous time I was in an air-conditioned room and the only pharmacist. And I didn’t have to deal with screaming, hyper children of Taleem Sub Ke Liye. This time I was at Gizri, in a pseudo-pharmacy the volunteers had to clean various times- mopping, cleaning, dusting- and all that in the heat of July during Ramadan, fasting, and trying to ward off the curious children away from the from the pharmacy.

  And I also had to share the spotlight with the other A0s. But that was okay, and I say this with a heavy heart and rolled eyes. Its clichéd to say that we all bonded over sweating and moaning about the heat, the filth, the panicking over not immediately finding the required medicine, but it’s true. With three of us stationed at the pharmacy under Hira’s casual supervision, we befriended each other. Working with each other for the first time obviously did not go without a hitch, but we managed to pull it off. One volunteer brought us the prescription, another brought the required medicines, I wrote down the names and quantity, and another volunteer marked the leaflets and bottles so they couldn’t be resold. Another two volunteers were stationed at our rickety old reception, a simple table and a chair where they directed the patients on where to go.

  While we’re still trying to grow comfortable in our own skin, trying to find our right place within the Nixor community, within Nixor Hospital, I believe this Clinic in the meanwhile is going in the right direction by targeting the local masses and providing them with free healthcare. After all, the people of Pakistan are our people, therefore our responsibility. By continuing to implore the students to help out, Nixor Hospital will remain flourishing, and we’ll continue to fulfill our responsibility.”-Batul Thahim

Volunteers stocking medicine in the clinic

Volunteers stocking medicine in the clinic

“Exciting, Exhausting, Enjoyable: If I were to use these three words in a sentence to describe my first day volunteering for Nixor Hospital, it would probably be an understatement. From dusting the furniture to mopping the floor we did everything possible to clean the areas we needed for the waiting room, the Doctor’s room and the pharmacy. I guess it was the incentive of being able to provide free healthcare to our fellow countrymen that energized us to work hard in the preparation of the many exciting days to come – the hard work was definitely worth it!”-Rida Fatima Syed

“It was super hot there were no fans, only the windows that brought in an occasional light breeze. We lay around on the counter tops listening to rap music. Outside I saw the guy at the reception lying down on the bench on which he was sitting on earlier with his hands spread out and staring at the sky. It made me laugh inside because I thought no patient would ever walk in and take us seriously like this… but then again I thought that at least I was working inside under the shade and not out working directly under the sun, and it made me feel sorry for the receptionists. I saw Momina playing soccer with a little kid outside who had been teasing her and made her run after him screaming “Come back here you! You little kid I’ll show you!” We all watched and laughed at the sight of that it was way too adorable and cute. Suddenly I caught sight of the 14 year old girl who had come to me earlier and I saw her walking towards the doctors room. She looked at me as she passed by the pharmacy and I smiled back feeling happy for her because she would finally get to see the doctor. A couple minutes later I received her prescription and it felt wonderful taking out her medicine for her and knowing that in my hand I was holding the solution to her problems. Minutes later i saw her walk away carrying her bag of medicine in her hand, smiling… and it brought a smile to my face.”-Hafsa Shaikh

ARE YOU THE ONE?

It wasn’t till a week or so ago that it suddenly hit me, in like six months or so I will have to pass on my blog to A0s. I have to tell you, I felt pretty pissed about it You see I’ve been taking care of my entity’s blog like my own baby. And it’s like now I’ve to give it to a bunch of kids. The only person I can trust with this is myself, and I doubt there’s another me out there, I mean pfft have you looked at me?

So basically, I can empathize with my seniors on how they felt when they were giving away their entities to us, I don’t blame them now. You get so emotionally attached to all of this and you’re told to let it go and move on. HOW? What is this, Frozen the sequel? I love Nixor Hospital. The A0s? Ehh not so much.

Another thing, how did our A2s seem so sure like they had themselves together? Honestly, I don’t feel sure at all, and I definitely haven’t got it all together with the fact that I have my AS result coming up in a while, university apps in a couple of months and what not. I don’t think I’m ready for this. Or am I? I’m definitely NOT ready to let A0s invading my entity.

But how do you know what apple to eat? Any apple could have a worm in it, just because I’m a good juicy apple doesn’t mean the person I pass on my legacy to isn’t a rotten apple? It made sense in my head, I swear. I just want the best for Nixor Hospital, it’s a cause that I believe in very strongly. It speaks to me on a personal level because I’ve seen people who haven’t had access to proper healthcare. Access to good healthcare is one of the biggest problems in Pakistan, and although we may not be able to help every part of Pakistan yet I hope that someday Nixor Hospital grows to the point where we can target areas all over tAre you? ARE YOU?!he Pakistan and provide them with healthcare, that’s the dream, but it’s not something that can be achieved in a year or two, it’s gonna take a while. Nixor Hospital is currently having a medical camp in Gilgit; that’s a new part of Pakistan for us. It’s a step, like all the more ones that will be taken in the future. So don’t hate me if I’m insecure about handing out my entity to a bunch of kids.

But there’s always that tiny hope that maybe we’ll find the ones, the ones who are meant to carry forward our legacy and protect it. You know-the better half that can complete this entity when we leave. So that’s the whole search out, for the one, the perfect one, the one I’ll give my all to. Hopefully when this significant other is in my shoes, she/he will get my sentiments.

I think I’m done ranting, but I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if A0s ruin Nixor Hospital or anything related to it, it won’t be pretty. I’m not kidding.

We Are Nixor Hospital

IMG-20140613-WA0012“My journey with Nixor hospital has been a once in a life time experience which I would not trade in for all the money fame or fortune in the world. No doubt this entity has taught me more about the real world and life than any teacher or fourteen years of schooling could. Through hospital I went to places which I didn’t even know existed, interacted with people I would never talk too, and did things I could not even imagine. It taught me confidence, companionship, team work, generosity and most of all, to do things for others without expecting anything in return. Nixor hospital changed me. It changed me in a way words can never describe and I will forever be in debt of Nixor hospital and my team, or should I say family.Most importantly what I was able to achieve through this entity, which I think, till this day has to be my most rewarding gift, was bringing a smile to a poor boy’s face that came to me in pain, and help those, who really did need me but had nothing to give back. Thanks NH” –Nohail Alavi, Director of Operations of Nixor Hospital, 2013

 

20140101_141322  “It’s really difficult to write my experience in Nixor hospital in just a few lines. All I can say is that working in this entity has changed me completely. It has made me more mature and responsible. Some qualities I have to say weren’t associated with me. The joy of helping people in need and getting their prayers in return was enough for me to make my day. Dealing with all sorts of people from different backgrounds has really made me a confident human being and now can proudly say that I am a better person than I was at the start of this wonderful journey”. –Zaeem Khan, Director of Operations 2014-2015

 

IMG-20140613-WA0008I was the CEO, started as CFO It gave me a platform to grow. The loads of work and opportunities were a source self-actualization and growth. One of the causes of growth is ambition, this was an important step to satisfy an ambitious mind,”Aatir Hamood, CEO and CFO Nixor Hospital 2012-2013 Member of Nixor Government 2013-2014, Vice President 2013-2014

 

“After years of taking, Nixor Hospital gave me a chance to give back to my community; it gave me a chance to thank, and repay my community for all that it had given me.”Marium Abid, COO of Nixor Hospital, 2012-2013 Member of Nixor Government 2013-2014

 

 “It’s cool. It’s awesome. It’s fun. Did I mention It’s cool?” –Ahmed Ashraf, a Nixor Hospital staff member.

“I had worked with many entities in the past, but there was something different about Nixor Hospital which differentiate

d it from the rest. Here we did not focus on helping certain groups or individuals like orphans or senior citizens rather we were determined to provide medical care to ALL regardless of their age, gender, sex or religion. Through this platform we saved millions of lives and more importantly broadcasted a message that our people were our responsibility-Mohammad Musa, staff member of Nixor Hospital 2013-2015, member of Nixor Student Government 2015

 

 

 

World Down’s Syndrome Day

21st March is a global awareness day which has been observed since 2012.
In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits. The nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra copy of chromosome 21.

This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm etc.
This day is observed to create awareness about the Down Syndrome and the fact that these people are equal to us and they deserve to be treated equally if not anything less.
Having Down syndrome does not make a person unhealthy. A few things that need to be brought to everyone’s attention is:

  • Down syndrome is a genetic condition, not an illness.
  • People with Down syndrome may have health issues throughout their lives, just like everyone else and they should have access to healthcare on an equal basis with others.
  • There are specific known health issues which may affect people with Down syndrome, for which accurate, evidence based information is available.
  • Health professionals should be aware of these specific issues when treating a person with Down syndrome.
  • Health professionals should not discriminate against people with Down syndrome by:
  1. refusing to treat them;
  2. blaming health issues on Down syndrome in general, or; 
  3. considering only specific known health issues which may affect people with Down syndrome.

Nixor Hospital requests you all to take part in this good cause and share this post around creating awareness about Down’s Syndrome.
Because, Our People, Our Resposibilty!