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  • #46

    Two more polio cases reported in Punjab
    Iqtidar Gilani
    October 06, 2020

    LAHORE - Authorities in Punjab on Monday confirmed two fresh cases of polio as three-day anti-polio campaign is underway in many parts of the country. With two new cases, the number of polio-affected children in Punjab this year has reached 12. This year, 77 polio cases have been reported from across Pakistan, majority of these from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...


    • #47

      Polio case reported in Quetta
      The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentUpdated 05 Oct 2020

      QUETTA: A polio case was reported from Balochistan’s capital on Sunday.

      Health department officials confirmed that a nine-month-old child had tested positive for the poliovirus in Quetta.

      They said the parents had refused to get administered polio drops to the child during the anti-polio campaign...


      • #48

        Study: COVID-19 lockdowns increase the number of polio cases in Pakistan
        Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 2 2020

        A spike in the number of polio cases in Pakistan — the last refuge of the virus in the world along with neighbouring Afghanistan — is being attributed by health experts to disruption in vaccination services caused by lockdowns and restrictions against spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

        "The increase in polio cases could result in the global export of infections and healthcare authorities must intensify efforts to track and vaccinate unvaccinated children, says Misbahud Din, researcher in molecular biology and immunology at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and lead author of a study, published October online in Public Health, on polio vaccination disruptions due to COVID-19 in Pakistan.

        Din tells SciDev.Net that "80 cases of wild polio virus (WPV) and 64 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) have been reported in 2020"...


        • #49

          Punjab reports 14th polio case, taking Pakistan’s total to 81
          The victim is a child of over 3 years
          Reporting | Daniyal Umer - Posted: Nov 12, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 hours ago

          A polio case was reported in Punjab on Thursday, bringing the total cases in the province to 14.

          The victim is a child of over three years from Layyah, Punjab. According to officials, the virus has affected both the hands and feet of the child.

          His immunisation status is still being investigated. The head of the polio programme said that it was unfortunate that the virus was spreading...


          • #50

            Polio case reported from Quetta
            The Newspaper's Staff Reporter
            Updated 29 Nov 2020

            ISLAMABAD: Another polio case has been reported from Balochistan, taking the provincial tally of the year to 24 and the countrywide count to 82.

            According to official record, 22 cases each have been reported from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 14 from Punjab.

            Last year, 147 cases had been reported in the country against only 12 cases in 2018...


            • #51

              Four polio workers injured in Kandhkot attack
              Staff Reporter
              December 04, 2020

              KARACHI - It seems the misinformation spread about polio vaccination has taken root in a segment of our society as another team was attacked by locals this time in Kandhkot, Sindh, on Thursday. The incident was reported in the Kamil Shah Laro area where a group carrying batons tortured the polio team, injuring four of them. Later, police arrested three of the attackers. Earlier on Wednesday, a police officer guarding polio workers was martyred in Bannu as terrorists spread bullets at him...


              • #52

                Polio case reported in Balochistan
                by Staff Report , (Last Updated 7 hours ago)

                QUETTA: Balochistan on Saturday reported another polio case, taking the provincial tally of the year to 25 and the countrywide count to 83.

                According to the provincial health department, a 16-month old boy in the Qilla Abdullah district tested positive for the virus.

                Last year, 147 cases had been reported in the country against only 12 cases in 2018...


                • #53

                  Balochistan reports a new polio case amid COVID-19 outbreak
                  By Mansoor| Updated: 30th December 2020 9:25 pm IST

                  Balochistan: Balochistan reported a new case of polio on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the province to 26, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

                  Citing Pakistan’s health officials, SAMAA TV reported that the victim was a 14-month-old girl origin from Union Council Karez Noth in Mastung and her samples were sent to Islamabad for testing on December 5.

                  The girl had not received the polio vaccine as her family refused polio drops during campaigns.

                  Balochistan has the highest number of polio cases in Pakistan.

                  There are 22 polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, and 14 in Punjab. However, Islamabad, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan have not reported any cases so far.
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                  This year, a total of 84 cases of the wild poliovirus have been recorded in Pakistan. There are also 83 cases of vaccine-derived polio-also known as cVDPV2 polio, SAMAA TV reported.

                  The case comes at a time when the country is reeling under the second wave of coronavirus...