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22 May 2015 description

By Raheel Khan

Parachanar, FATA - Thanks to community awareness, motivation and education, Upper Kurram Agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas has been a polio free zone for the last 16 years. “It’s an honour for us that Upper Kurram has not reported a single polio case since 1999.” says Dr. Mueen Begum, senior health official, proudly.

22 May 2015 description

In continuation to pre monsoon preparedness meetings held for KP and FATA at Peshawar and for Punjab at Lahore respectively, the fourth high level meeting for Sindh was held at Karachi today.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon while Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz also attended the briefing.

22 May 2015 description

QUETTA: A Quetta anti-polio campaign was suspended in 18 union councils on Thursday due to authorities' failure to provide timely security to polio teams in the city.

A source in the Balochistan Health Department (BHD) told DawnNews that the anti-polio drive would be re-launched on Friday after appropriate security was provided by the administration.

Sources said, "There are polio samples in the environment of Quetta ... We fear [there may be] polio cases in Quetta."

21 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

KARACHI, May 21 2015 (IPS) - Khalil Ahmed’s life story sounds like it could have come straight out of the plot of a Bollywood flick, but it didn’t. And that makes it all the more inspiring.

Residents of the sleepy town of Gambat, 500 km from the Pakistani port city of Karachi, where Ahmed was an all too familiar face, may not recognise the 12-year-old today.

21 May 2015 description

HASAN MANSOOR

KARACHI: A middle-aged man was found afflicted with the deadly Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba, at a private hospital in the city on Wednesday, taking the tally of naegleria cases to four in Sindh this year, sources and local health authorities said.

Sources in a large private hospital said the man in his early forties and hailing from Thatta was admitted to the hospital a day earlier in a precarious condition.

20 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Adresh Laghari

Bannu district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – April 2015: For the small premises, it is quite a large gathering of men in the front-yard of the Hujra (a gathering place for the community) in Laluzai village. Usually, such large gatherings are only seen on wedding feasts or when tribal courts (Jirga) are held. Today, however, it is a Mother and Child Day session. Community members have gathered here to listen to community health workers speak about mother and child healthcare.

20 May 2015 description

QUETTA: After doctors and health workers have agreed to end their protest, a three-day anti-polio campaign in all districts of Balochistan will be launched on Wednesday.

Earlier the government had to postpone the campaign because of the protest of doctors and health workers over non-payment of dues and security concerns.

The decision was taken after a successful meeting between representatives of the protesting health workers and Secretary Health Noorul Haq Baloch.

20 May 2015 description

MOHAMMAD JAMAL HOTI

MARDAN: A suspected militant was killed when he opened fire at a polio vaccination team in Tambulak area near Kuragh Chock here on Tuesday.

A constable accompanying the polio team was injured in the attack.

DSP City Shamroz Khan told Dawn that the militant had opened fire at constable Habib Shah, but another constable Waqar Khan returned fire and killed the attacker.

The constable received minor injuries and rescue personnel took him to the District Hospital.

20 May 2015 description

KARACHI: Several health facilities in the city and in many districts of Sindh are facing an acute shortage of staff and have been closed down because of the health department’s policy to cancel detailments and deputations, it emerged on Tuesday.

Officials in the provincial health department said they had received reports of increasing difficulties because of the cancellation of deputations of officials from other departments.

20 May 2015 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Polio has expressed satisfaction over the overall performance of Pakistan for eradication of polio from the country.

In a report released here on Tuesday, the IMB said that the past six months had witnessed a positive change in Pakistan. It said the signs of improvement were early, but clear.

19 May 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

A meaningful Climate Change policy is in order

Pre-Monsoon Dengue Steps

Regional cooperation termed vital for timely Disaster Response

Crisis Situation: Top Disaster Management Body faces cash crunch

24 arrested in targeted operations across Karachi: Rangers

Army chief hails intelligence agencies' achievements

Goodwill gesture: 29 Afghans handed over to Afghan police

UN urges Pakistan to protect religious minorities after attack

45 Ismaili Shias executed in Karachi bus shooting

19 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Islamabad - May 13, 2015: In a high profile inter-provincial meeting organized today in Islamabad, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services presented the new National Vision for Coordinated Priority Actions to Address Challenges of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition in Pakistan. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, development partners and renowned public health experts.

18 May 2015 description

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional departments to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning by respective provinces/regions for upcoming monsoon season.

In this regard, the third high level meeting was convened in Lahore (Punjab) at Civil Secretariat today.

18 May 2015 description

By Aradhna Duggal, IFRC Health Communications

Since the 1990s, Pakistan has reduced its maternal mortality ratio by 50 per cent and infant mortality ratio by 30 per cent. However, it still remains off track with regards to meeting targets of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. The majority of under-five deaths are due to birth asphyxia, infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea and severe malnutrition. In terms of under-five mortality, it ranks 26 in the world (UNICEF). Pakistan remains one of only three countries in the world with endemic polio.

18 May 2015 description

KARACHI: Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has stated that the service comprising 1000 free water tankers will start on Monday in the city for the areas facing acute water shortage.

Talking to reporters after a meeting held with the management of the Karachi Water Sewerage Board (KWSB) and the city administration to review the water crisis in the city, he said the tanker service would be free of cost and in Ramazan, the number of tankers would be increased from 1,000 to 3,000 to overcome the crisis.

18 May 2015 description

PESHAWAR: At least seven people lost their lives and several others were injured when a downpour and hailstorm hit parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Sunday.

According to the Met Office, 4mm of rain was recorded in Peshawar. It forecast widespread rain for Monday, saying the spell may continue till Wednesday.

In Chitral, a house collapsed because of a landslide, leaving four members of the family dead.

18 May 2015 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 04:38 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by anti-Taliban military operations in tribal areas wish only to return home -- but first they have to agree to fight the extremists themselves.

It's "social engineering" unheard of in the recent war on terror: displace an entire population, fight the insurgents who remain, then bring back those uprooted and charge them with keeping the militants at bay.

15 May 2015 description

Islamabad, May 14, 2015 - Pakistan is all set to introduce IPV in the Routine Immunization Program throughout the country after Ramzan this year. In this regard, a training of trainers (ToT) was conducted in the Federal EPI Program to train the master trainers on the operational and communication aspects of the IPV introduction.

15 May 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 5/15/2015 - 04:55 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

After losing one of his two sons to the worst attack against minority Shiites in Pakistan's history, Ali was determined for the other to find a new life abroad.

"Go," he told Iqbal Hussain, who left his job and family behind after losing his brother Muhammad Hassan to join thousands of others on treacherous waters in search of hope.

In the Shiite-dominated Mari Abad quarter of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan, each family has tales of death and exile.

15 May 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 14 May 2015 09:43 GMT

Author: Aamir Saeed

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Punjab province is set to launch an innovation for water-short Pakistan: Solar-powered ATMs that dispense clean water when a smart card is scanned.

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