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AKUH Honours Pakistan Special Olympics Team

July 27, 2011

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi in collaboration with Karachi Gymkhana arranged an Aqua Mela ‘Health Splash’ on July 23 to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the Pakistan Special Olympics Team. The 82-member Pakistan squad, under the training of Special Olympics Pakistan, bagged 56 medals – 17 gold, 25 silver and 14 bronze medals – while competing in the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 held in Athens from June 25 to July 9, 2011. The World Games featured 7,500 athletes from 180 countries. The Pakistani athletes participated in eight sports including athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, cycling, football, table tennis and bocce.

The Chief Guest, Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Regional CEO, Health Services, Asia (AKUH, Pakistan and FMIC, Afghanistan) recognised the services of the Special Olympics Team and awarded the 22 athletes present at the event with shields and congratulated them for building on their past performance and for their exceptional skills, dedication and courage. A special memento was presented to Mr and Mrs Saeed Ahmad, Official Chairperson(s) and Ronak Lakhani, General Secretary, Special Olympics Pakistan by Nadeem Khan and Raheem Ali, President, Karachi Gymkhana in acknowledging the efforts and dedication of the management of Special Olympics Pakistan in grooming and training the young athletes to perform at a global event.

The awards ceremony was followed by a health lecture by Dr Tabinda Ashfaq, Consultant Family Medicine, AKUH. She spoke about living a healthy lifestyle and urged people to avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, engage in physical activity and eat adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A free Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure check-up clinic was also arranged at the event.

The Aqua Mela was attended by over 3,000 guests and was a centre of attraction for water enthusiasts. Over 1,500 children eagerly participated in various fun activities arranged at the event such as swimming, races, dart throw and water slides. This activity was aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness among children and adults alike.

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About Aga Khan University

AKU was chartered in 1983 as Pakistan's first private university. Its objective is to promote human welfare in general, and the welfare of the people of Pakistan in particular, by disseminating knowledge and providing instruction, training, research and service in the health sciences, education and such other branches of learning as the University may determine. AKU also has programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt.

About Aga Khan University Hospital

Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (AKUH, K), started functioning in 1985, as an integrated, health care delivery component of Aga Khan University. It is a private, not-for-profit, teaching institution committed to providing the best possible options for diagnosis of disease and team management of patient care. Seventy-nine per cent of all patients treated at AKUH are from low- to middle-income areas. Those who are unable to pay for treatment receive assistance through a variety of subsidies including the Hospital’s Patient Welfare Programme that has disbursed Rs. 2.5 billion to more than 350,000 people since 1986.
Fabeha Pervez
Department of Public Affairs
Aga Khan University
fabeha.pervez@aku.edu
+92 21 3486 2925​​​