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  • #16

    Third polio case found this week, tally rises to eleven
    Ikram JunaidiUpdated May 05, 2019

    ISLAMABAD: While the polio programme has been making efforts to eradicate the virus of the crippling disease and international health organisations have been keeping an eye on performance of Pakistan, the third polio case in the country has been reported during the current week.

    The recent case has been reported from Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtun*khwa province, where a 12-month-old girl has been infected with the virus. Earlier, during the current week, two polio cases were reported from Lahore on consecutive days.

    An official of the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health said that child was a resident of Sheikh Fareed Baba, Havaid Landidak Union Council, Bannu tehsil...


    Polio official shot dead in Bajaur
    May 6, 2019

    PolioA polio monitoring official was killed late Saturday night when unidentified men opened fire on him in Mamund area of Bajaur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.

    According to police, the body has been handed over to the deceased’s family after medico-legal formalities...


    • #17

      Larkana’s three-year-old diagnosed with polio
      Web Desk On May 7, 2019

      ISLAMABAD: Ministry of National Health Services has reported another polio case with the tally adding up to 12 in this year alone, ARY News reported.

      Larkana’s Union Council Sehar’s resident, a three-year-old named Fizza has been diagnosed with the crippling disease.

      This is the second case from Sindh which has come to the forefront. The toddler’s blood samples will be sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for further tests.

      Earlier in the year 11 cases were reported from the country...


      • #18


        Two more polio cases surface in Sindh, North Waziristan


        MAY 17, 2019

        Two cases of polio virus emerged on Thursday, one from the financial hub of the country and the other from North Waziristan.

        According to the spokesman for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for polio eradication and immunisation, the affected child in Karachi – Abdul Nasir – is six months old and belongs to Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s UC-12. According to the father and grandmother, the child had never been administered anti-polio drops and whenever teams came to give polio drops, the family concealed the child’s presence.

        According to the spokesman, Pakistan has 17 cases of polio registered this year...
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        • #19

          NIH confirms two new polio cases from KP
          Case from DI Khan is the second higher aged group polio case reported from the country in 2019 so far

          May 24, 2019

          PESHAWAR - National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad on Wednesday notified two new polio cases each from Tehsil Mir Ali, North Waziristan and Tehsil Paharpur, District DI Khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, taking the total count of polio cases to 13 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 19 in Pakistan during 2019 so far.
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          According to a statement issued here by Emergency Operations Center (EOC) KP, wild polio virus has been isolated from stool sample of 17 months girl resident of Tarroti, Idak UC Mir Ali-7, Tehsil Mir Ali, North Waziristan and 144 months girl of UC Dhap Shumali, Tehsil Paharpur, District DI Khan.

          By the recall of parents, 17 months girl has not received any dose of essential/routine immunisation while administration of anti-polio vaccine during campaign is still under investigation, whereas, 144 months (12 years) girl received only three doses of routine/essential immunisation (as per recall of parents)...


          • #20

            Another polio case surfaces in Bannu
            Web Desk On May 29, 2019
            DG health, polio virus, Faisalabad

            ISLAMABAD: Another polio case has surfaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, ARY News reported.

            Sources in Health Ministry said that polio virus had been confirmed in a 18-month-old boy in Bannu area of KP, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 20 this year.

            The case was reported from Bannu area of KP where the crippling disease has affected 18-month-old boy. The sources in Health Ministry confirmed the boy had been diagnosed with the crippling disease.

            Earlier on May 23, two more polio cases had been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, taking the total number for the current year to 19 in Pakistan...


            • #21

              WHO finds presence of polio virus from samples collected in Karachi
              6:00 PM | June 01, 2019

              Sewage samples collected from gutters of 11 sampling sites in the metropolis have confirmed prevalence of polio virus in Karachi.

              The World Health Organization (WHO) had collected samples in Karachi to assess prevalence of the crippling virus in the city.

              According to sources, the samples were collected from gutters in Karachi during the period from April 05 to May 16.

              The WHO gathered samples from 11 localities in the city to examine the situation of polio virus.

              The samples were collected from sampling sites of Hijrat Colony, Machhar Colony, Khameso Goth, Rashid Minhas Road, Korangi, Bakhtawar Village Landhi, Haji Mureed Goth, Sohrab Goth, Mohammad Khan Colony, Orangi Nallah, Orangi Colony and PIDC Colony.

              The samples collected from all areas confirmed presence of the polio virus in sewage water, sources further said...


              • #22

                WHO extends travel restrictions on Pakistan for 90 days after discovery of poliovirus
                by Agencies , (Last Updated about 1 hour ago)

                GENEVA: Expressing grave concern over “significant increase” in polio cases in Pakistan, International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee has extended for another three months travel restrictions on the country to check the spread of poliovirus.

                The extension came during the twenty-first meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus at WHO headquarters, according to a statement.

                The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The Secretariat presented a report of progress for affected IHR States Parties subject to Temporary Recommendations.

                The following IHR States Parties provided an update on the current situation and the implementation of the WHO Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 19 February 2019: Afghanistan, DR Congo, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia.

                The committee commended all countries that presented on the quality of information provided, and the transparency with which countries discussed their challenges.

                “The Committee is gravely concerned by the significant further increase in WPV1 cases globally in 2019, particularly in Pakistan where 15 cases have already been reported,” reads the statement...


                • #23
                  Source: The Express Tribune
                  Polio case surfaces in Shangla
                  By Our Correspondent
                  Published: June 13, 2019

                  A polio case surfaced in Shangla district of Malakand division on Thursday after the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad confirmed the virus in an 18-month-old child, taking the total number of children infected by the crippling disease in the country to 17.

                  According to the district administration, the infected child’s samples were dispatched to the NIH a few days ago after symptoms of polio were reported during treatment at a tertiary care hospital in Abbottabad.

                  The family told the media that their child had fever for the last six months and that they could not afford better doctors as they were not that well off...


                  • #24

                    Another polio case surfaces in KP
                    by Staff Report , (Last Updated 7 hours ago)

                    ISLAMABAD: Another polio case was reported in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as a three-day anti-polio campaign began across Sindh and selected districts of Punjab and Balochistan on Monday.

                    Sources in Health Ministry said that poliovirus had been confirmed in a 1.5-year-old boy in Bannu area of KP, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 24 this year...


                    • #25

                      Two more cases of polio virus surface in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
                      Web Desk On Jun 20, 2019 Last updated Jun 20, 2019
                      Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, polio cases

                      ISLAMABAD: In what is being seen as a setback for the government’s efforts to eliminate polio virus in the country, two new cases of polio virus have surfaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, increasing the total of this year’s cases to 26, ARY News reported on Thursday.

                      Well-informed sources within the health ministry say the two cases have been reported from two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts. One of them was confirmed from a stool sample of a 21-month old baby girl of Wazir tehsil of Bannu.

                      The victim’s samples were taken on June 8.

                      The second case was reported from Mamakhail UC of Lakki Marwat district where 15-month old boy was tested positive for polio virus.

                      It is noteworthy that thus far three cases each have been reported from Punjab and Sindh provinces whereas 13 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seven from the newly merged tribal districts of the province this year...


                      • #26

                        Three more children diagnosed with polio in KP
                        Bureau Report June 21, 2019

                        PESHAWAR: Polio continued to hit children in the country as three more children were diagnosed with the virus on Thursday.

                        All the three polio cases were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. And with the latest three cases, the total number of polio cases reached 27 in Pakistan in 2019.

                        Among the three children, a 21 months girl, resident of Saidgai village, Takhti Khel Union Council, was diagnosed with polio. She reportedly didn’t get any polio vaccination...

                        ...The second polio case was reported from remote mountainous Torghar district, where a 10-month boy, resident of Gigani, Hernail union council of Judbah subdivision. This child is also stated to have received no dose. Third polio case was reported from Lakki Marwat where a 15 months boy, resident of Jadid Mamakhel, Mamakhel union council of Sarae Naurang subdivision. According to the officials, the child belongs to a poor family and his father is a labourer...


                        • #27

                          Five more polio cases surface in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
                          Web Desk On Jun 28, 2019

                          PESHAWAR: National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication on Thursday confirmed that five new cases of polio virus surfaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

                          Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Babar Bin Atta said in a statement that two of these cases were detected in Bannu, two in Torghar and one in North Waziristan.

                          He said, “A fake drama is being created against polio vaccine in Peshawar.” The focal person advised parents to avoid propaganda against polio vaccine and urged them to vaccinate their children to protect them from polio virus...



                          Five polio cases confirmed in K-P; year's count rises to 32
                          By Razya Khan
                          Published: June 27, 2019

                          Pakistan’s struggles to eradicate the poliovirus were further compounded as five new cases were confirmed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Thursday.

                          In a video message, Babar bin Atta, the prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication, said two cases were traced in Torghar, two in Bannu and one in North Waziristan...


                          • #28

                            Five polio cases reported in KP, toll rises to 31
                            Five new cases of the polio virus were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government's health department said on Wednesday.
                            Web Desk
                            2:37 PM | July 03, 2019

                            According to the KP Health Department, three cases of polio were reported in Bannu and two cases were reported in Torghar, bringing the number of cases to 31 in the province for this year.

                            In all of the five cases, the children had not been administered the zero dose of the vaccine.

                            In a press statement issued by the Coordinator EOC KP Captain (R) Kamran Ahmed Afridi said, “All the efforts put in by the provincial government to eradicate polio from the region will not be achieved unless the refusing parents understand that their individual decision to refuse anti-polio vaccines not only demonstrates indifference to their child’s health but is also an expression of disregard to the national cause of polio eradication that we must have to achieve as a nation.”

                            Along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, Pakistan is one of the only three countries where complete polio eradication has not yet been achieved...


                            • #29

                              4 more polio cases found in KP and Balochistan
                              by Staff Report , (Last Updated 5 hours ago)

                              -Cases surface in KP’s Bannu and Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah, Jaffarabad; taking total polio cases to 41 this year

                              PESHAWAR/QUETTA: National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication on Monday said that four polio cases based on parental refusals have been reported from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

                              According to an official of National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication, the new cases confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory had been found in District Jaffarabad and Killa Abdullah in Balochistan and district Bannu in KP.

                              He said that new cases from Jaffarabad and Killa Abdullah in Balochistan and two cases in Bannu in KP bringing the total number of cases in the country to 41, including a total of 33 polio cases reported in KP, three cases from Punjab, three cases from Sindh and two cases from Balochistan.

                              He said that the victims were thirty months old boy and 12 months old girl from district Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and eight months old boy from district Jaffarabad and nine months old boy from District Killa Abdullah in Balochistan. “In all four fresh reported polio cases, parental refusal is found to be common among the polio victims,” he added...


                              • #30

                                Data on polio has been manipulated, claims PM’s focal person
                                Ikram JunaidiUpdated July 12, 2019

                                ISLAMABAD: After a sudden rise in reported cases, the new leadership of the polio programme has reached a conclusion that data manipulation was done over the past few years as performance of the entire programme revolved around the data or numbers.

                                Moreover, in the past all the attention was given to controlling the disease and reducing the number of reported cases rather than eradication of the crippling disease’s virus.

                                “Across the globe it is observed that wherever 95 per cent children were vaccinated, against the polio, the virus was eradicated. Over the years the staff of polio programme claimed that it had vaccinated over 99pc children and in some cases, such as in January 2019, data showed that 101pc children were vaccinated. I believe that wrong data was given by the field staff as their performance depended on the number of vaccinated children,” Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Babar Bin Atta said while talking to Dawn.

                                He claimed that a new strategy had been adopted due to which within a year poliovirus would be restricted to core reservoir of Peshawar.

                                Mr Atta, to prove his point, said that in India 95pc children were vaccinated continuously and it achieved the target of becoming a polio-free country.

                                “I have to admit that there was a communication gap between field workers and the management due to which filed workers claimed that they had vaccinated over 99pc children. Moreover, parents had markers, which were used for marking on fingers, due to which same results were observed during verifications and fingers of children were observed marked. However, whenever a child was infected with polio, it was revealed that he/she was not vaccinated and it was a refusal case,” he said.

                                He said that after the incident of Peshawar, it was decided that parents would not be pressurised for vaccination. During campaigns it was observed that around 8pc of the parents refused to vaccinate their children.

                                It is worth mentioning that during a nationwide polio campaign in April, students of a school of Mashokhel were taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar with the complaint that they suffered reaction because of polio vaccine. However, it was revealed later that a drama was staged against the polio campaign and all the children had no reaction. Some of the culprits involved in the drama were arrested and legal action was taken against them.

                                “Last month we conducted a survey in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it was revealed that over 40pc of the population understand that multiple doses were required for the children, over 31pc said ‘No’ while over 27pc were not sure about it. It showed over 44pc population was aware of the risk that their children are at risk of getting polio while overt 55pc did not believe in it,” he said.

                                He also said that unfortunately, in the past, programme was considered as the disease control programme rather than the virus eradication programme...