KARACHI - First Dow University Health Expo 2009 will be held from October 3-5, 2009, at Karachi Expo Centre to increase awareness among the general public on prevention and management of common healthcare issues. Every year 0.3 million peoples are infected with tuberculosis and 68,000 die of TB every year; 80,000 to 100,000 children under 5 years of age die of diarrhoea and same is the case with pneumonia in the country. Addressing a Press conference held at DUHS Auditorium, Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan, VC Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi (DUHS), along with Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, said that Pakistan was an under developed 3rd world country, where masses were facing a lot of problems like mental and physical illnesses due to poverty and lack of awareness. Khursheed Nizam President E-Com Gateway was also present on the occasion. He said, The event will bring all the stakeholders of health industry of Pakistan under one roof. E-commerce Gateway will be the Co-Organiser of Dow University Health Expo and will apply its experience and exposure to make this event successful. The present health scenario in the country demands quick action as the figure may be checked by prompt actions like proper health education and vaccination and an effective preventive health strategy. Diabetes is spreading very rapidly not only in adult population but also in adolescents. Likewise increasing number of Hepatitis B & C patients is also alarming. HIV/AIDS infected population is increasing very rapidly and now the number of patients is more the 2,400 in Sindh only. The event will increase awareness of both parents and students of the opportunities which are available for training as health workers in various fields, other than undergraduate medical education. However, there is no intention of minting money on any account. The expo is another step in the continuous efforts of DUHS to bring together health industry of Pakistan for a common objective of increased health awareness among general public of Pakistan, especially Sindh. Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the major burden of healthcare system of Sindh was of those diseases that were largely preventable, and it was logical that they put their maximum effort in prevention side as major strategy for handling the health problems. Health expo will be the biggest health exhibition in the history of Pakistan that would provide exclusive interaction of pharmaceutical firms, hospital equipment manufacturers and others suppliers in the health industry with doctors, consultants and general physicians.The event is being held in collaboration with Ministry of Health, government of Pakistan, Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Health Department, government of Sindh; Higher Education Commission (HEC), Industry & Commerce Department, government of Sindh, City District Government Karachi and Pharma Bureau of Information & Statistics. Exclusive pavilions on diabetes, prevention and management of hyperlipidemia, cardiac diseases, liver and gastrointestinal diseases, women and children health, oncology, respiratory diseases, dentistry, neurological and psychiatric diseases and skin diseases will be established at the exhibition. The event will also incorporate a number of symposiums and workshops and the detailed programs shall be announced later. The minister said that the country was spending only 2.25 per cent of the GDP in the social sector and 80 to 90 per cent of the GDP was being spent in the Defence. This is the main reason that the people are suffering with lot of health related problems.