27 February 2015
The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 - 15 was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 17 February 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 13 November 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.
ISLAMABAD: Refusal of polio vaccination to children declined in the country this year, an encouraging development but not significant enough to raise hopes for quick eradication of the crippling disease.
Data available by Dawn says that 36,510 parents refused the vaccine in February compared with 54,061 in January.
Greatest resistance to the national immunisation campaigns was observed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - where almost 26,000 parents refused the vaccine in February – and the least in Punjab, 798.
Pakistan - Severe Weather UPDATE (WMO, NMS, Local Media)
Heavy rainfall continued in northern Pakistan over 1-2 March, with 161mm measured in the capital Islamabad and 66m in the town of Dir (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) in 24h on 2 March.
• Heavy snowfall and rainfall and consequent avalanches and flash floods, respectively, have been affecting northern and central Afghanistan since mid-January.
• As of 1 March, the number of deaths stands at 286, the majority of which (195) occurred in Panjshir, the province worst hit by avalanches. In total, approximately 1 250 houses were destroyed by the snowfall and avalanches throughout the affected areas.
• The Government of Afghanistan has declared three days national mourning and requested international assistance.
General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015
Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.
AAMIR YASIN | AMJAD IQBAL | DAWN.COM UPDATED
RAWALPINDI: As rain poured down for the second consecutive day, a building collapsed in Wah Cantt on Monday killing eight and leaving four others, who were trapped under the rubble, injured.
Those killed include four children and an elderly man, not yet identified.
Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 09:14 GMT | 279 words
Pakistani authorities have suspended two health officials after $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated by UNICEF to protect children from deadly diseases were wasted, officials said Tuesday.
The pentavalent vaccines, which protect against five diseases with a single shot, spoiled because they were not stored at the proper temperature, officials said.
Ayaz Gul March 02, 2015 3:18 PM
ISLAMABAD— Authorities in Pakistan have arrested more than 470 parents and issued warrants for hundreds of others for refusing to have their children vaccinated against polio. The crackdown is part of renewed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease from Pakistan, one of only three countries where polio remains endemic.
The arrests took place during a fresh immunization drive Monday in the restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where the polio virus is most prevalent.
March 02, 2015 4:44 PM
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN— Sahib Rehman Faizy stood in his narrow shop full of brightly-colored Afghan clothing for women and reminisced about when business was good. A refugee from neighboring Afghanistan, he has lived in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad for more than 20 years. Like many other Afghan refugees, he was able to set up a successful business.
QUETTA: The second phase of a polio eradication campaign could not be launched in Quetta, Zhob and Sherani districts on Monday because of inadequate security arrangements by the Balochistan government.
The health department refused to send staff and volunteers to take part in the campaign without full security arrangements in the districts.
“We cannot launch the campaign until the required security is arranged,” an official of the department said, adding that it would be launched after the security arrangements were made.
By Syed Raza Hassan
ISLAMABAD, March 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.
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According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014 and Recovery Framework 2014-2016, Monsoon rains had affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.
Initially PRCS has catered the emergency needs of the people through provision of 4500 x Food packs of 22 kg in different districts of Punjab along-with provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) (comprising of emergency shelter & essential household items) to 3,370 x families.
1. PRCS Initial Response
a. PRCS relief operation commenced on 22nd June with initial response as under:-
(1) Cooked rice to approx. 23000 TDPs
(2) Health care to 1,690 TDPs through deployment of 4 x Mobile Health Units
(3) Deployment of 05 Ambulances
(4) Provision of 22,000 liters of clean Drinking Water
b . PRCS case load to assist the TDPs are as under:-
(1) Non Food Items 8,000 families (One time distribution)