Polio this week as of 29 June 2016
The Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization met in Abuja on 21 – 22 June, and emphasised that the strategy in Nigeria must now shift from interrupting transmission to staying polio free, sustaining the hard-won gains, strengthening routine immunization and responding to outbreaks of vaccine-derived polioviruses. More
KARACHI: The fresh rain system dropped “moderate to heavy showers” on Karachi for a second day on Wednesday and the city’s poor municipal infrastructure and vulnerable electric supply system responded erratically, as usual, leaving at least three more people dead, dozens of localities without electricity supply and several low-lying areas inundated. Three people and 18 goats died in lightning elesewhere in Sindh.
Heavy rain affected the city of Quetta (Balochistan province) on 27 June causing floods.
Local media report four people dead, over 20 injured, dozens of homes partially or fully damaged, traffic disruptions and power outages throughout the city, as of 29 June early morning (UTC).
Over the next 24 h locally heavy rain and strong winds may affect several parts of the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunhkwa, FATA, Islamabad, as well as the administrative division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday granted an extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan for a further period of six months — till December 31, 2016.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of States & Frontier Regions shall immediately engage with UNHCR and Government of Afghanistan for gradual relocation of refugee camps in Pakistan to Afghanistan,” spokesperson for the prime minister said.
Pakistan’s largest city is struggling to deliver water to residents amid a shortfall and claims of state mismanagement
Sabrina Toppa in Karachi
"There’s nothing here,” says Farzana Khatoun, surveying the dry expanse of land before her. “We don’t even have enough water to wash up for prayer, do our laundry or wash our dishes.” Khatoun cannot simply turn on a tap and expect water to gush out; her home is not connected to the water pipelines of Karachi, the sixth most water-stressed city in the world.
PESHAWAR: In a crackdown launched against illegal settlers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police have arrested over 2,000 Afghan refugees in Peshawar.
The KP provincial government had set June 30 as a deadline for Afghan immigrants to get themselves registered in Pakistan.
With the deadline nearing its end, KP police began a crackdown against settlers avoiding registration in the provincial capital Peshawar.
According to the KP police, search operations are underway and over 2,000 illegal Afghan refugees have been arrested so far.
Islamabad: 28 June 2016 - The Technical Advisory Group met in Islamabad today to deliberate on the progressive efforts to stop transmission of the polio virus in Pakistan.
TAG members listened to detailed analyses by the federal and provincial Emergency Operations Centre Coordinators on the progress made, opportunities, and the remaining challenges towards achieving the ultimate goal of eradication.
On 24 June, stakeholders of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative including member states and donors are gathering in Geneva at the meeting of the Polio Partners Group to review progress and discuss the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine switch, transition planning and the financial resources urgently needed to see eradication through to the end.
SLAMABAD: A six-member delegation from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), a body which advises Pakistan on polio eradication, reached Pakistan on Monday in order to seek a report about the country’s performance in eradicating polio.
Though it has made a lot of efforts in 2016, the presence of polio reservoirs in small pockets is still a big challenge for the country.
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KARACHI: As heavy rains have been forecast to begin this week with the early onset of monsoon this year, the meteorological department also predicts ‘urban flooding’ in Karachi and Hyderabad in the wake of 10 to 20 per cent more than average rainfall and ‘poor’ drainage infrastructure of the two cities.
By KALBE ALI
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday said monsoon rains will likely start in the country during the coming week, most probably either on Monday or Tuesday in the upper parts of the country.
All concerned departments are on alert after the Met Office put out a warning alert.
Talking to Dawn, Met Office Director General Ghulam Rasool said widespread construction in Islamabad especially that on hills and drains may lead to urban flooding.
PESHAWAR: Students from various tribal regions said on Friday that at least 1,500 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged during militancy, but the federal government had so far not initiated work to restore them.
The details about the state of school buildings in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were issued to the media by Fata Students Organisation (FSO) president Shaukat Aziz at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
QUETTA: Five people were killed and 28 more injured, including women and children, in a explosion at Almo Chowk here on Friday afternoon, police said.
The dead and injured, all passersby and shopkeepers in the area, were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta. At least three of the injured were in critical condition. Two of the injured passed away while under treatment.
According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Chaudhary Manzoor, around 5 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
QUETTA: The role of religious scholars in building a welfare state is huge, and it’s utterly important for them to create awareness to protect children from fatal diseases, worst among them, polio.
These observations were made during a meeting of the Polio Emergency Centre, Quetta.
Exhorting religious scholars to support vaccination programmes for children against fatal diseases, participants said that they needed to guide the public about the urgency of vaccination.
By Aamir Saeed
Sardar Gul has been forced to cut his earnings by more than half.
Daily scrutiny by police cracking down on Afghan refugees in Pakistan turned his three-kilometre commute to a construction site into a two-hour ordeal. It became untenable. So, instead of braving checkpoints and spot checks at work, Gul traded in his shovel for an awl.
Pakistan wants to repatriate some of the almost 1.6 million refugees living in the country. UNHCR has set aside funds for 60,000 returnees.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 23 (UNHCR) - Families sat quietly. Small children explored among the chairs. These people were going back, some after decades. And they were going back for good.
They were Afghan refugees and this was the Voluntary Repatriation Centre of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Peshawar.
KARACHI: With a cloudburst predicted to be around the corner, the provincial government has ordered relevant officials to reactivate flood relief control rooms and relief centres across Sindh as a precautionary measure to face the potential threat of flooding in Sindh’s urban and rural districts, it emerged on Wednesday.
Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 6/23/2016 - 05:15 GMT
Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan's decades-long war to Europe could increase.
After the Soviet invasion in 1979, "five million Afghan refugees came to Pakistan," then with the support of the international community, said minister for border areas Abdul Qadir Baloch at a meeting devoted to Afghan refugees in the capital Islamabad Wednesday.