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  • #31
    Re: Pakistan: 2011 Polio cases


    Two new polio cases surface in Loralai, Badin
    Published: October 04, 2011

    ISLAMABAD - The National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed two new type-1 wild poliovirus cases one each from Balochistan (district Loralai) and Sindh (district Badin) provinces Monday.
    This brings the total number of polio cases countrywide in 2011 so far to 100 (99 type-1 cases and 1 type-3 case).
    The total number of infected districts/towns/tribal agencies/areas remains 37 in 2011.
    This is the second polio case reported this year from district Loralai from the same union council within a period of almost two weeks indicating significant immunity gap in the area. Since Loralai is situated outside the persistent transmission zones, an aggressive case response vaccination campaign should be conducted as per recommendation of the technical advisory group for Polio Eradication in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    There is an ongoing outbreak in the central/southern Sindh region, for almost a year indicating re-established wild poliovirus circulation in the area due to substantial immunity gap.
    It is important to highlight that 5 districts of Sindh including Badin are yet to conduct the September SNIDs (tentatively planned in second week of October) due to floods.


    • #32
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      Another polio case confirmed in Peshawar
      Bureau report
      Friday, October 07, 2011

      PESHAWAR: With the confirmation of another case in the provincial capital on Thursday, total number of polio patients has become 103 in the country and 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year, a health official said.

      The recent case of type-I polio case was detected in a 20-month old baby girl Gul Rukh, daughter of Dawood of Wahid Garhi camp in

      Muslimabad in the Khazana Union Council in Peshawar district.

      According to the report of the Prime Minister s Monitoring and Coordination Cell for Polio Eradication, the child, as per recall of the parents, had received more than seven doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), including three routine OPV.

      The child is of Afghan origin and resides in a refugees camp sited within half a kilometre of the last reported polio case. Reportedly, there have been frequent visits between the two families, the report mentioned.

      It said this was the fifth type-1 polio case reported from Peshawar district while 10th from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The last case from the district was reported in August.

      It merits mention that since January 2010, a total of 16 vaccination campaigns have been conducted in Peshawar district, all using the vaccine containing component against type-1 poliovirus.

      Khazana Union Council was assessed for all the campaigns in 2011 and has achieved finger marking coverage of 95 percent. However, reportedly operational issues were encountered in the Afghan refugees camp where the child has been residing.

      The cell recommended continued efforts to achieve highest quality vaccination coverage in the high risk union councils. It also stressed meticulous revision of the union council and area level micro plans to align these with the National and Provincial Emergency Action Plans.

      Special focus should be on migrant population during the vaccination activities (both surveillance and campaign), it stated.

      So far 27 cases of polio positive have been reported from Fata including 11 in Khyber Agency, four in Mohmand Agency, three in FR Kohat, two each in FR Lakki Marwat and Orakzai Agency, three in North Waziristan and one each in Kurram and South Waziristan agencies.

      Among the 10 reported cases of polio virus from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, five were in Peshawar, one each in Bannu, Upper Dir and Buner and two in Torghar district.


      • #33
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        Health alert: Two more cases of polio emerge in FATA
        Published: October 14, 2011
        So far 31 cases of the disease have been reported in K-P and tribal areas. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL
        The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) Health Department on Thursday said that two more cases of polio have been detected in tribal areas, bringing the total number of cases in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata to 31.

        The authorities confirmed that an 18-month-old boy, Amjad, from South Waziristan and a one-year-old boy, Zahir, from Khyber Agency have fallen victims to poliovirus.

        Despite government’s claims of taking steps to eradicate the disease, such as introducing the National Emergency Action Plan 2011, the number of polio cases is increasing at an alarming rate in the country.

        As of August 31 this year, 77 cases of polio were reported in Pakistan, compared to 43 in the country during the same period in 2010.

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        • #34
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          12 new polio cases in a week take national count to 115
          Shahina Maqbool
          Saturday, October 15, 2011

          With 12 more cases of polio being confirmed in a week, Pakistan s national count for the year 2011, has touched 115. Of the latest cases, five are from Balochistan (two each from Quetta and Pishin and one from Killa Abdullah); four from Fata (two from North Waziristan and one each from South Waziristan and Khyber Agency); two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (one each from Buner and Nowshera); and one from Sindh (Gadap Town, Karachi.

          Of the 115 polio cases reported so far this year, Balochistan is conspicuous with 49 cases, which points to a five-fold increase in the number of cases from last year. The province is experiencing a massive polio outbreak in the Quetta Block (Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah). Out of the 49 confirmed cases from the province, 77 per cent have been reported from these three districts. Fata comes next with 31 cases, followed by Sindh (20), KPK (12), Punjab (2), and Gilgit-Baltistan (1). Islamabad has not reported a single case this year.

          Genetic sequencing has shown that the recent polio cases in Afghanistan and China are also genetically linked to Pakistan. Among other polio endemic countries, India is faring well with just one case so far this year, while Nigeria and Afghanistan have reported 34 and 37 cases, respectively.

          In order to minimise the risk of international spread of polio during the expected large-scale population movement for the upcoming Hajj, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has published more rigorous polio immunisation requirements. All travellers...


          • #35
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            Polio virus confirmed in 5 NWA children
            Updated 10 minutes ago

            MIRANSHAH: Police virus has been confirmed in five children of different areas of North Waziristan Agency, Geo News reported.

            According to Agency Incharge Anti-polio campaign Dr Khandad polio virus has been confirmed in five children including four baby girls at the main laboratory of Peshawar. The children are aged between one-and-a-half-year to three years.

            Dr Khandad said owing to deteriorating law and order and drone attacks anti-polio teams were unable to come to there as a result polio virus was spreading.

            The samples of two dozen more children have been sent the same laboratory for test.


            • #36
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              The Express Tribune

              Three more polio cases detected in Balochistan
              By Shehzad Baloch
              Published: October 19, 2011

              QUETTA: Three more cases of polio virus have been detected in Balochistan taking the number of cases to 52 in the province.

              The fresh cases were reported in three districts Loralai, Pishin and Quetta, an official of Unicef, Jawahir Habib, confirmed. “The polio cases have increased up to 100 per cent in Balochistan,” he added.

              The polio virus was detected in three-month-old Abdul Samad Khan from Quetta, three-year-old Bibi Rinsha from Pishin district and a-month-old Bibi Jamila from Loralai district...


              • #37
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                Seven polio cases confirmed in Sindh
                M. Waqar Bhatti
                Friday, October 21, 2011

                Seven more polio-positive cases were confirmed in Sindh on Thursday, bringing the total number of such patients in the province to 27 in the current year, said officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Sindh Health Department.

                Out of the seven positive cases confirmed on Thursday, one was detected from Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Baldia Town each, three from Thatta and two from district Qambar, officials said.

                Although no further details were available to the media about the children infected with the deadly virus, the officials said laboratory reports were being prepared.

                An official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Sindh, said six polio-positive cases had been confirmed in the province but added that details would be released late Thursday night or Friday.

                Sindh Secretary Health Rizwan Ahmad confirmed that six cases were detected on Thursday, adding that one case was confirmed earlier this week.

                The total number of polio cases detected across the country this week has reached 13. In 2011, over 131 polio cases have been reported in the country, making Pakistan one of the most vulnerable nations with regard to the disease...


                • #38
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                  Polio outbreak reaches 132 cases in Pakistan
                  Monday, 24 Oct 2011 6:53 pm

                  ISLAMABAD - As the world marks World Polio Day, Pakistan draws world attention as one of only four polio endemic countries globally.
                  With 132 new polio cases reported in 2011, there is a serious risk of Pakistan being the last polio reservoir in the world, imperilling global eradication efforts, unless the efforts to eradicate this endemic from the country are urgently accelerated.

                  Despite serious eradication efforts since the beginning of the year, Pakistan has continued to see rising numbers of polio cases, with Balochistan having 54 polio cases, FATA 37, Sindh 27, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 11, Punjab 2 and Gilgit-Baltistan having only a solitary case.

                  “We must remember that behind every number there is the face of a child and a devastated family” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Representative...


                  • #39
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                    Spanish to English translation

                    Polio is still a threat to Pakistan

                    Islamabad, October 24 (PL) A 23 years into a global campaign to eradicate polio, Pakistan cases considerably reduced, but remains one of the four countries that have not reached that goal. This year for polio eradication in India, WHO

                    "We've come a long way since then and we reduced the number of patients over 20 000 to 144 last year, but not enough, we need to move to completely eliminate the disease in our country", now called Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The other three nations with such a painful subject pending are Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. On the occasion of World Day for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis, Gilani called for a greater commitment of citizens to the national emergency plan aimed at the vaccine against the disease to all eligible children, particularly children under five. "No matter how strong the commitment of the government: that will not be achieved without the active participation of parents, teachers, social workers and religious leaders and community, "stressed the Prime Minister, quoted here by the news agency Associated Press of Pakistan. In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global campaign to eradicate the virus by 2000, a goal reached in advance; Americas (1991), the Western Pacific (1998) and Europe (1999). In southern Africa and central Asia cases fell from 350 thousand to a few thousand a year, but the ultimate goal is still distant and donors envisioned began to lose patience with a program that had already cost nearly nine billion dollars and consumed another 750 million each year. When the greater the skepticism, the first signs of victory were spotted in India, where in 2009 the government launched a serious campaign of 300 million dollars a year with the help of WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). This year the South Asian giant has reported only one case (in the state of West Bengal) and intends to finally get rid the scourge of a disease causing permanent disability. Pakistan only joined the campaign in 1994 when the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto launched the first national unity against the scourge.


                    • #40
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                      3 new polio cases registered in Pakistan
                      By Nasir Khan - Oct 28th, 2011

                      Peshawar: As many as three new polio cases have been registered in Pakistan’s tribal region this week.

                      According to health department, the polio virus was diagnosed in three children includes 18-months-old Naila, Irshad, 2, Yousuf, 2.

                      14 new cases were reported last week in the country, which were the highest number of new cases reported in a single week ever...


                      • #41
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                        Polio virus detected on Jacobabad girl

                        Our Staff Reporter| Metropolitan > Karachi | From the Newspaper (18 hours ago) Today

                        KARACHI, Nov 25: Detection of 30th polio victim has spurred the Sindh government to suspend the head of district health administration Jacobabad.

                        Coincidently, the detection of polio virus in a two-year-old girl was reported on Thursday when Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was chairing a meeting with the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on `polio eradication in Pakistan` in Islamabad. A source in the National Institute of Health confirmed polio incidence.

                        On the other hand, the Sindh chief minister had in October approved an accountability system for officials failing to achieve the desired results and thus ordered the Health Secretary to take necessary action over the detection of 30th polio case this year.

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                        • #42
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                          Polio virus found in infant

                          RAHIM YAR KHAN, Nov 28: Polio virus has been found in an eight-month old girl in Basti Bhattian village of Sadiqabad tehsil, 60km from here.

                          Rahim Yar Khan district had been polio free for the last seven years.

                          According to health officials, infant Sonia missed the vaccination. Initially, her family took her to Swaitra Chowk Basic Health Unit from where she was referred to polio surveillance team in-charge Dr Zaheer Sattar. She was admitted to Sadiqabad Tehsil Headquarters Hospital.

                          After Islamabad’s National Institute of Health diagnosed that Sonia had been suffering from acute flaccid paralysis, she was shifted to Shaikh Zayed Hospital in RY Khan.

                          District Health Officer Dr Ghulam Rabbani said Sonia missed the polio vaccination and added that show-cause notices had been issued to four health employees — union council vaccinator Murad, tehsil inspector (vaccination) Jahangir Khan, tehsil assistant superintendent (vaccination) Muhammad Farooq and district superintendent (vaccination) Faqeer Muhammad — for their negligence. He said Sonia was being treated at Shaikh Zayed Hospital and her condition was improving.

                          When this correspondent visited the hospital, doctors on duty were unaware of admission of any such child to the hospital. Medical Superintendent Dr Mushtaq Ahmed said no polio victim had been admitted to the hospital.

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                          • #43
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                            173 polio cases reported in Pakistan this year

                   2011-12-16 22:47:43

                            ISLAMABAD, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A total of 173 polio cases have been reported in Pakistan this year, the most in five years, local media reported on Friday.

                            Quoting health officials, Geo TV reported that 144 polio cases had been reported across Pakistan last year.

                            Southwestern Balochistan province has been the most affected area with 68 cases reported there, said sources in the National Institute of Health, Islamabad.

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                            • #44
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                              The Express Tribune

                              New polio case emerges in Vehari
                              Health offici*als have inform*ed all polio vaccin*ation centre*s in the villag*e and a new progra*mme will begin from Jan 2.
                              By Owais Jafri
                              Published: December 28, 2011

                              VEHARI: A new polio case has emerged in Vehari district of Punjab, health officials have confirmed. This is the third case in the district this year...


                              • #45
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                                6 new polio cases unravel govt’s hollow claims
                                ASMA KUNDI 4 hrs ago

                                ISLAMABAD - Clearly reflecting the ineffective government measures to control polio, six new cases of this fatal disease have been reported across the country during the current week, causing fears and concerns among the parents about the health of their children.

                                The emergence of six new cases of polio (type-I wild virus) this week has showed that the federal government’s campaign has failed to achieve the desired results despite the fact that 2011 was declared as the polio-eradication year. They year is coming to an end but there is still no end in sight of the crippling disease.

                                The number of polio cases nationwide became 181 after the 6 new cases. Out of these two cases were reported from Tank and Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and two from Muzaffargarh & Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjab) whereas one case each was reported from Thatta (Sindh) and Khyber Agency (FATA). The emergence of new cases of polio this week has exposed the Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell, as it is being reported that the most of the infected children were vaccinated seven times against the disease during various campaigns...