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20 Jan 2017 description

Polio this week as of 17 January 2017

19 Jan 2017 description

Peshawar, January 19, 2016 - After reviewing the successful campaign in rest of FATA agencies, Emergency Operation Centre (FATA) has welcomed the decision of Agency Polio Eradication Committee (APEC) to start Polio campaign in Khyber Agency from January 23, 2017.

17 Jan 2017 description
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Highlights:

Heavy snowfall halts life in Balochistan, Chitral, hilly areas

Experts call for effective land management

Met department forecasts rain, snow to continue till Wednesday

Climate change: Pakistan at seventh among top 10 most vulnerable countries

Calamitous: Many disaster bodies exist on paper only

Senate unanimously condemns Modi’s anti-Pakistan statement

Govt moves for speedy trial of terrorists

Army chief rubbishes Afghanistan’s claim linking Pakistan with terror attacks

17 Jan 2017 description

FAIZA ILYAS

KARACHI: The city made history on Monday when it completed a year without reporting a single case of poliovirus, health department officials told Dawn.

“This is the first time in its history that Karachi hasn’t reported a single case the whole year. Fortunately, the reports of samples collected from various drains in the city have repeatedly come negative the whole year,” said coordinator for emergency operation centre, Sindh, Fayyaz Jatoi, adding that the city was close to eradicating the crippling disease.

13 Jan 2017 description

Abstract

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8-14 January 2016 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, Zika virus and seasonal influenza.

13 Jan 2017 description

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagrawhile appreciating the tremendous progress of health and political administration of FATA in the fight against Polio has directed all the Political Agents and Agency Surgeons to ensure polio eradication from the entire region within first three months of 2017.

12 Jan 2017 description

Outfitted in blue Rotary vests and flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan. One worker leans toward the driver to ask a question as another reaches into a cooler to prepare the vaccine. Among the crush of passengers in the van, they identify one child who has not yet been vaccinated.

There is no time for second-guessing.

12 Jan 2017 description
11 Jan 2017 description

QUETTA: The Emergency Operations Centre, Balochis­tan, on Tuesday confirmed a new case of poliomyelitis in a four-month-old boy in the Meh­moodabad area of Cha­man town, Qila Abdullah district.

Parents of the infant said that the boy developed high-grade fever and weakness in muscles in the last week of December.

They first took him to a local dispensary and then to a paediatrician in Quetta where he was diagnosed suffering from polio after receiving confirmed medical results from the National Institute of Health Laboratory.

06 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoP repatriation program assists more than 224,100 families to return to FATA

  • More than 370,100 registered Afghan refugees depart Pakistan in 2016

  • USAID/FFP provides an additional $10 million for emergency food assistance to conflict-affected households

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Jan 2017 description

Local officials recruited Muslim clerics to promote immunisations for 400,000 children after past programmes were met with resistance and violence by extremists

By Gul Yousafzai

QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunisation campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples, officials said.

03 Jan 2017 description
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At least nine more infants died due to malnutrition and outbreak of the various diseases in Thar during that last two days, raising the toll to 476 this year.With the death of nine more children the toll rose to 476 during past 12 months of the outgoing year, said health officials. However, according to the unofficial details gathered from various independent sources, the toll rose to 606 this year.

02 Jan 2017 description

QUETTA: A special five-day polio immunisation campaign will kick off on Monday in Quetta, during which children below five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.

The Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre, Syed Faisal Ahmed, said on Sunday that the campaign was being launched following confirmation of positive cases in the city’s environmental samples.

The campaign will cover 39 union councils of the city with the help of 1,345 teams, 105 fixed sites and 175 transit points along with mobile teams.

30 Dec 2016 description

Abstract

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 25-31 December 2016 and includes updates on polio, influenza A(H7N9) in China and Zika virus.

28 Dec 2016 description
  • In 2016 to date, 35 children have been paralyzed due to wild poliovirus, fewer than in any preceding year. However, eradication requires reaching zero. Poliovirus survives in a limited number of places, with decreasing genetic diversity; the eradication programme continues to intensify its efforts to reach every child.

27 Dec 2016 description

Disease outbreak news
27 December 2016

In Pakistan, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been detected from environmental samples in Quetta, Balochistan. Two isolates with apparent genetic linkages were isolated from environmental samples, collected on 20 October and 28 November 2016. Virus was isolated from environmental samples only and no associated cases of paralysis linked to the isolated strains have been detected in Quetta or anywhere else in the province.