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Polio drive starts today

LAHORE: A three-day polio campaign starts from Monday (today) across the province like the rest of the country.

A spokesman for the Punjab Health Department said the total number of target children in the province was over 17.5m while the number of union councils (UCs) where campaign was being held was 3,511. He said 39,900 teams would carry out door-to-door vaccination and they would be supervised by over 7,000 area in charges. Special emphasis would be laid on vaccinating the population on the move at permanent transit points of the province, he said in a handout.

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A new start for Gula Jan

Niamat Khan – Distribution Assistant NRC

“NRC provided me with essential items in time of despair, I am very grateful to NRC for starting this project that has helped me in carrying on my daily life activities”, says Gula Jan from Pakistan, after receiving a relief package from NRC.

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The Salvation Army Responds To Devastating Floods In Northern Pakistan

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SALVATION Army personnel in northern Pakistan are providing relief supplies to people who have been affected by the worst flooding in a generation. Torrential rain has led to flash floods and river surges which have devastated great swathes of northern Pakistan – particularly the Punjab, which is the country's main agricultural area. Salvation Army relief teams have been to many of the affected areas and – using funds from International Headquarters (IHQ) – 500 families in the Jhang District will receive food and cooking utensils.

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Call Centre in Peshawar reaches out to the displaced persons in FATA

Due to insecurity and the recent on-going military operation, most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have taken refuge in host communities in the bordering districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu and Karak. Under these circumstances, the IDPs face immense difficulties with limited or no access to basic amenities while being exposed to extreme weather conditions. The worst affected and most vulnerable groups are the women and children who represent more than 70 percent of IDPs.

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Polio cases surge in Pakistan

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According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared with 28 at the same time last year.

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Polio drive kicks off in Peshawar

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Posted by: Ali Raza in Health, KPK, National

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar district administration started an anti-polio drive in the provincial metropolis on Saturday.

The polio cell in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said the drive would continue from 8am to 5pm where some 4,200 teams of health workers and volunteers would administer anti-polio drops to children.

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Provision of safe drinking water

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Posted by: Imran baba in E-Capital

ISLAMABAD (Online): Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has taken a number of steps for provision of safe drinking water in the country. According to official sources, the Council has established twenty-four Water Quality Testing Laboratories in major cities of the country to facilitate general public and implementing agencies to provide analytical and advisory services.

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0.7 million children vaccinated against polio in 96 union councils

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Posted by: Imran baba in Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: One-day anti-polio vaccination campaign completed in 96 Union Council of Peshawar on Sunday with tight security as the authorities claimed that they vaccinated 0.7 million children in district Peshawar against the polio disease.

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4 more dengue patients admitted to Hospital

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SWAT: Four more persons, including three children, suffering from dengue fever have been admitted to Saidu Sharif Hospital, during last 24 hours, said a health department spokesman on Saturday.

The spokesman told APP that total 200 dengue patients were admitted to Swat hospitals, of which 185 had been discharged after recovery.

He said the health authrities were facing difficulty to cope with the disease due to shortage of funds.

He said the provincial government had not yet released funds to contain the disease in Swat district.

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Seven dead in blast at Hangu IDP camp

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PESHAWAR: At least seven people died and 11 others were injured in a blast at displaced persons’ camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Tog Sarai area of Hangu.

The injured were immediately taken to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.

Police sources said Sunday the bomb explosion occurred inside Mohammad Khawaja IDPs camp bazaar where the tribesmen from Orakzai Agency were residing.

Deputy Superintended of Police (DSP) Hangu Falak Nawaz told Dawn that the explosion was caused by a remote controlled improvised explosive device (IED).

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Wood-hungry Kashmiris spot opportunity in floodwaters

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MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With a handmade triangular net, Jameel Ahmed combs the River Jhelum which runs through Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, hoping to catch wood washed downstream by floodwaters.

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23 militants, seven civilians killed in NW Pakistan unrest

09/28/2014 13:04 GMT

PESHAWAR, September 28, 2014 (AFP) - At least 23 militants and seven civilians have been killed in northwest Pakistan in attacks on rebel hideouts, a checkpoint clash and a motorcycle bombing, officials said Sunday.

The deaths occurred during attacks on Taliban hideouts by Pakistani jets, a US drone strike, a gunfight at a security forces checkpoint and the bombing at a camp for displaced people.

The air force staged attacks on five hideouts in the Shawal area of the North Waziristan tribal district overnight, a military statement said.

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Left behind in North Waziristan

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PESHAWAR, 25 September 2014 (IRIN) - Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind.

"In each village where the conflict goes on, there are people who chose to stay - to look after homes or livestock," said Hassan Ahmad*, an NWA IDP in Peshawar. "My cousin is among them."

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Govt decides to set up polio operation center

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Posted by: Ali Raza

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk) – Federal government has decided to establish a polio operation center considering the alarming risk of polio virus in Pakistan on Wednesday, Local TV reported.

The central polio operation center would administer polio vaccination program under the health department in Islamabad.

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Mobile teams provided treatment facilities

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Posted by: Imran baba in Lahore

LAHORE (Online): Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that the recent heavy floods badly affected 269 Union Councils of 18 districts in which 274 mobile medical team are busy to vaccinate women and children against seasonal and epidemic diseases.

He said that so far 118129 children have been vaccinated against measles whereas 97231 children have been administered polio drops.

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Emergency Relief Mission for Flood in Pakistan and North India 2

On September 17th, AMDA Nurse has reached Islamabad, Pakistan and met with staff from the national organization, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP).

Jhelum River and Chenab River caused flood started from upper stream eventually spread to areas in lower stream. NRSP, which has been active in the flood affected area before this adverse event, shared the affected situation of the areas, and AMDA nurse has decided to visit three affected areas starting from September 19th.

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Islamabad schools shuttered as protests roll on

09/24/2014 12:42 GMT

by Gohar ABBAS

ISLAMABAD, September 24, 2014 (AFP) - With thousands of police using classrooms as makeshift barracks between nightly deployments to parliament, students in Pakistan's protest-hit capital Islamabad have been forced to put their academic dreams on hold.

Police have been called in from around the country to handle the protest movement led by opposition politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric. With no end in sight to a sit-in lasting more than one month, frustration is growing among the 34,000 affected students.

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Pakistan: Medical professionals sharpen skills

The ICRC is working closely with the authorities to support health-care facilities and provide doctors and other health workers with opportunities for continuing education.

In cooperation with Pakistan's provincial health authorities, the ICRC organized a war-surgery seminar and an emergency-room trauma course for medical professionals this August in Peshawar.

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Taliban suicide attack kills four in NW Pakistan

09/23/2014 15:34 GMT

PESHAWAR, September 23, 2014 (AFP) - A car bomb suicide attack by the Taliban targeting a senior military officer rocked Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding 24, officials said.

Broken glass and human remains littered the scene of the explosion near the city's main railway station, where one SUV was blown to pieces while the wreck of another smouldered.

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Pakistani Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief

09/22/2014 14:01 GMT

MUZAFFARABAD, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's parliament on Monday called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides of the disputed territory to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods.

Monsoon-induced flooding has wreaked havoc on both sides of the Himalayan region, which is divided between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

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