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23 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 22 March 2017

From 25 to 28 March, synchronised polio campaigns will take place across 13 counties in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators will immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaigns. Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: No new WPV or cVDPV positives were reported this week.

21 Mar 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The health department is hoping to eradicate poliomyelitis this year and divert the resources and manpower to strengthening routine immunisation for 10 diseases including polio, according to sources.

They said that polio vaccination had been the most politicised and costly intervention, which ate up resources and kept the technicians busy for more than 15 days a month.

20 Mar 2017 description

Overview

Decades of conflict and the search for better economic opportunities have pushed millions of Afghans into neighboring Pakistan and Iran.

While an estimated 2.5 million Afghans are registered refugees, a possibly equal number of Afghans live in Pakistan and Iran without legal refugee status. These undocumented Afghans face numerous protection challenges both in their host country and upon their return to Afghanistan either voluntarily (“spontaneous return”) or through deportation.

19 Mar 2017 description

QUETTA: A three-day polio drive will kick off on March 20 across 29 districts of Balochistan to ensure that each and every child in the province is vaccinated against the crippling disease, said Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday along with religious scholars, he said that the campaign would cover all districts except Ziarat — where arrangements had been made to hold the anti-polio drive after March 27.

He added that security arrangements for the campaign had been finalised.

17 Mar 2017 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific sections below for further details): Pakistan – one WPV1 case, six WPV1 positive environmental samples.

  • Yemen and Syria have both carried out polio immunization campaigns as part of ongoing efforts to protect children affected by conflict.

17 Mar 2017 description

​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 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.

14 Mar 2017 description

By Saeed Ahmed

Multan March 10: Communication network, commonly known as CommNet seems to have brought about a 360 degree turn around in South Punjab by curtailing refusals to zero and ensuring polio vaccination of 100 % high risk mobile population (HRMP) in the region.

“We have recruited local female staff members to do two basic things; i.e. raise awareness about the personal health and hygiene and mobilize local communities to ensure that herd immunity is achieved through collective responsibility,” said CommNet Coordinator for the area Umer Feroz.

13 Mar 2017 description

Jamil Nagri

GILGIT: A fresh case of polio disease was reported on Saturday in Diamer district of Gilgit- Baltistan after a gap of six years.

According to GB health department officials, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed poliovirus in 14-month-old Nisar Ahmed, a resident of Thore valley of district Diamer.

GB had been declared free of polio virus in 2012.

An official of the GB health department told Dawn that the child was admitted to a government hospital after being inflicted by poliovirus at his home.

09 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 8 March 2017

  • Coffee with Polio Experts: A short video-chat with Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication in Pakistan, on the prospects of eradicating polio in the country.

24 Feb 2017 description

Overview

76 million
people in need of aid as a result of emergencies – almost 60% of all people-in-need globally

30 million
people displaced (internally and in neighboring countries) as a result of conflict and natural disasters

7 graded emergencies
directly and indirectly affecting a total of 14 countries

Protracted emergencies
in Somalia and Sudan

H5N1, MERS CoV, Polio
health security threats currently in the Region

21 Feb 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Avalanche kills seven near Lowari Tunnel

  • NDMA prepares framework for vulnerable, low-income communities

  • Wind, rain, heat: Health risks grow with extreme weather

  • Babies starving as food runs low in Pakistan's drought-hit Tharparkar district

  • CM approves shifting of eight ATCs from Clifton to Central jail

  • Sindh govt fails to provide adequate security in Sehwan, says MQM, PMLF

  • Punjab sends summary to federal government for Rangers’ deployment

16 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of 15 February 2017

15 Feb 2017 description

Islamabad, February 15, 2017 - Chairing a high level review meeting on polio emergency here today Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar directed to ensure strict accountability and maintain stringent monitoring to meet remaining challenges in polio eradication.

“We must build on success achieved hencefar by maintaining stringent monitoring and making everyone associated with the program accountable”, said the Minister.

15 Feb 2017 description

The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 7 February 2017.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Climate change, environmental health risks becoming greater causes of death

  • 6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan

  • NDMA holds national workshop on disaster risk insurance framework for Pakistan

  • 14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast

  • 3 FC personnel martyred in explosion in South Waziristan

  • NACTA warned about blast in Lahore

  • FIA to issue red warrant for Altaf through Interpol

  • 37-nation naval exercises begin in Pakistan

11 Feb 2017 description

Islamabad, Feb 09, 2017: International donors highly appreciated the gains made by Pakistan to eradicate the deadly poliovirus and pledged to continue their support for “making polio a history.”

09 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of  8 February 2017

  • As the low season for poliovirus transmission continues, the first wild poliovirus case from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the calendar year 2017 is reported from Afghanistan. Wild poliovirus type 1 positive samples from 2017 had previously been reported from environmental samples in Pakistan. Both countries continue to intensify their eradication efforts to urgently interrupt any residual virus transmission.

05 Feb 2017 description

ISLAMABAD, 4th February, 2017 (WAM) -- More than 10.6 million children were vaccinated against polio during the third phase of the UAE polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan in 2016.

Over 71.5 million polio vaccines were distributed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh provinces and in FATA, the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE PAP, announced.

01 Feb 2017 description
  • The Executive Board of the World Health Organization at its meeting in Geneva last week noted that the world is closer than ever to being polio-free, and urged for increased support to the remaining endemic countries. At the same time, ministries commended efforts made on containment and to manage an ongoing global inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) supply constraint. The Board also encouraged plans to transition the polio infrastructure for the long-term, to ensure it continues to benefit broader public health efforts even after the disease is gone.