RAWALPINDI: The onslaught of dengue has affected more people than the government had estimated. It has prompted Rawalpindi police to ask the chief minister of Punjab to declare it an epidemic.
The police request is based on a city-wide research by Special Branch. A police officer who has been working on the research said: “We fear the number of patients will hike up to thousands.”
The research report was due to be presented to the chief minister on Friday.
GENEVA (2 October 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today reiterated their call on Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and urgently investigate all cases where uncertain age determination processes have led to sentencing of children to death. It is estimated that 8,300 persons are currently on death row in Pakistan, hundreds of them were reportedly sentenced for offences committed as children.
October 2, 2015 - Islamabad
In response to the July 2015 flash floods in the Chitral district, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $326,000 this year to help repair the area's drinking water infrastructure and agricultural economy.
RAWALPINDI: At least 137 fresh cases of dengue fever were registered on Thursday in three government-run hospitals of Rawalpindi, taking the reported tally of the mosquito-borne viral disease reported within one month to 934.
Out of the 137 cases, 76 were resgitered at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), 55 at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and six at District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.
No data is available from private medical facilities in the city.
RAWALPINDI: After alarming increase in the number of dengue patients, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked the provincial chief secretary and adviser on health to stay in the city and supervise the campaign against the disease.
In Rawalpindi, over 638 confirmed dengue fever cases were reported in one month whereas in all other districts (35) of the province only 129 patients landed in hospitals.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said on Thursday that a new policy for the registration of Non-Government Organisations (NGO) has been prepared, which is based on three parts and is meant to promote their welfare activities.
Addressing a press conference in the federal capital city, the interior minister said that NGOs will not be allowed to operate without prior approval and security clearance obtained from the government.
KHUZDAR: Five children have died of malaria in Kunraj area of Lasbela district during the past few days, officials say.
According to the local health department, deaths were reported from Sahib Khan Goth and Omar Khan Goth after the outbreak of the disease in the area.
The officials said that health teams had been sent to the area and severely infected children were being sent to Karachi for treatment.
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch said his government is making utmost efforts to make Balochistan a polio-free province by giving special focus to the areas where challenges are serious in carrying out successful anti-polio campaigns.
Malik Baloch expressed these views while chairing a meeting at CM Secretariat on Wednesday, in which it was decided that during the upcoming campaigns special focus will be paid on challenging areas like Killa Abdullah, Pishin and certain parts of Quetta district.
UMERKOT: At least eight cases of the deadly dengue fever were reported in Umerkot district of Sindh province on Tuesday raising fears of an uncontrollable dengue outbreak.
The Pathological laboratory annexed to Umerkot Civil Hospital confirmed the deadly virus in a 28-year-old woman while seven other cases were confirmed from private laboratories
All the cases were reported within 24 hours in the Umerkot city of the district while residents of the area are complaining about lack of facilities in the hospital and the facility's refusal to treat patients in isolation.
ISLAMABAD — UNOPS is pleased to announce the recent signing of a $13.9 million agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), in support of the polio eradication programme in Pakistan.
Under this new partnership, we will provide a range of human-resources management services, for the effective recruitment and contract management of over 550 WHO polio workers in the country.
IKRAM JUNAIDI | SALEEM SHAHID
ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: Two more polio cases — one in Balochistan and another in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — were reported on Tuesday, taking the number of such cases detected so far this year to 34.
During the first nine months of last year 214 cases were reported.
An official at the National Institute of Health said that a one-year-old girl in Peshawar and a three-year-old boy in Quetta had onset of paralysis.
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ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) decided on Wednesday not to finalise estimates for water availability for the coming Rabi crop as recent rain appeared to have brought down shortage to 13-18 per cent from more than 20pc as was feared earlier.
Sources told Dawn that a meeting of the technical committee of the water regulator decided to leave the matter to its advisory committee which would meet on Sept 29 to finalise data on water availability, after the end of the current spell of rain.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (Ifad) have signed an agreement to help increase agriculture incomes of at least 100,000 rural households in Gilgit-Baltistan and employment opportunities for them.
The government is co-financing the $120 million initiative with $23.63m and will lead the programme, while the remaining amount is being provided by Ifad to finance the Economic Transformation Initiative in the region.
Hidden in the mountainous swathes of the picturesque Swat Valley stands a tall fortress unknown to many.
Behind the high walls and heavily guarded rooms of this fortress, young boys are starting a new chapter in their lives; one which does not involve guns and bombs. This is Sabaoon, a deradicalisation centre, for 'child soldiers'.
Some of these children, indoctrinated by the Taliban, were once even prepared to walk into crowded markets and blow themselves up.
Situation Report on payment of Return Cash Grant and Transport Assistance to Returnees of Khyber Agency , South Waziristan Agency and North Waziristan Agency as of 22nd September 2015 is given as under:-
MITHI: Life took a turn for the worse for inhabitants of Thar when the arid desert was enveloped by an unforgiving drought three years ago, after which it started to consume living beings to quench its thirst.
For Bashir Samejo — a resident of Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district — misfortune hit home when some 200 of his sheep died of a disease that followed the harsh drought.
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:14 GMT
Author: Aamir Saeed
LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistani researchers have developed a portable, solar-powered mobile phone network for use in disasters like floods and earthquakes when regular communications are often disrupted.
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MIRPURKHAS: Widespread rains with thunderstorm hit Murpurkhas, Badin and Tharparkar districts on Sunday bringing down the temperatures and turning weather pleasant after several weeks of scorching heat.
In various towns and villages of Mirpurkhas district, a heavy spell of rain continued for 45 minutes causing inundation of low-lying areas and breakdown of electricity network.