1,973 entries found
Sort by: Latest |Relevance
13 Oct 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Thursday expressed fears of unusually acute water shortage during the current Rabi season and asked the provincial governments to make contingent plans for wheat sowing to avoid major losses to upcoming crops.

09 Oct 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The district administration eventually initiated mass awareness campaign regarding dengue virus in affected areas of provincial city to sensitize people to adopt precautionary measures in this regard.

09 Oct 2017 description

PESHAWAR: Three more patients of dengue haemorrhagic fever died on Saturday as the health department devised a six-month plan to eliminate larvae from inside houses in 12 union councils in the provincial capital and establish linkages with the districts to be able to not only control the disease, but also ensure it didn’t occur next year.

06 Oct 2017 description

Resurgence of HIV in Pakistan

By: Faiza Ilyas and Ikram Junaidi

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: In October 2016, it was reported that more than 50 patients on renal dialysis at the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Larkana had contracted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

The Journal of Pakistan Medical Association put the total figure at 56. It was also learnt that 36 patients had contracted HIV and hepatitis C, whereas two tested positive for hepatitis B.

Since, seven patients have died due to complications over the past ten months.

06 Oct 2017 description

By Syed Ali Shah

At least 20 people, including a police constable, were killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide bombing on Thursday at Dargah Pir Rakhel Shah in Fatehpur, a small town in the Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan, DawnNews reported.

District Chairman Jhal Magsi, Aurangzaib Magsi confirmed the death toll late in the night.

The deputy commissioner of Jhal Magsi had earlier said that the deceased include at least three children.

05 Oct 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has said that approximately 80,000 houses are either fully or partially damaged due to militancy in five agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

30 Sep 2017 description

Ali Akbar

At least three people were injured in a suspected hand grenade blast near MMC Hospital on Peshawar's Ring Road on Friday.

Police officials termed the nature of the explosion as a hand grenade blast, and said it may have taken place during an attempted kidnapping for ransom. However, the case is still being investigated.

A spokesperson from Rescue 1122 earlier said that five people had been injured in the blast and were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

27 Sep 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has spent over Rs1 billion on the free treatment of the people under the Sehat Insaf Card programme launched in Jan 2017.

The mega project was launched early this year to provide free treatment for all major diseases to the poor people at a cost of Rs5.2 billion in two years, officials told Dawn.

Under the plans, it will cover 1.8 million families or 150 million people selected on the basis of the Benazir Income Support Programme data.

26 Sep 2017 description

Allah Bux ArisarSeptember 25, 2017

At least 10 children have died, while dozens have been hospitalised in the past two weeks following a measles outbreak in the Mithoo gypsy colony near Kunri in Umerkot district.

According to Sattar Jogi, a famous classical flute player and snake charmer, 800 families live in the gypsy colony near village Sabhri, which has been affected by the measles outbreak that began around two weeks ago.

25 Sep 2017 description

Mohammad Ashfaq

PESHAWAR: Poverty and parents’ lack of interest to enroll their children in schools are the main factors that are leading children to the workplace instead of schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to officials.

Both factors are cited to be the reasons for 0.75 million children not attending schools. “It is 50 per cent of the total 1.5 million out-of-school children in the province,” said officials of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department while quoting a recently-conducted survey by the education department.

24 Sep 2017 description

DERA MURAD JAMALI: A 12-year-old boy was killed in a landmine blast in the Sangsilla area of Dera Bugti district on Saturday.

The landmine was planted along the road by suspected militants, Levies officials said. It went off after the boy stepped on it.

The boy suffered critical wounds in the blast and died on the spot, the officials said.

His body was shifted to the district hospital and later handed over to his family. The boy’s name could not be immediately ascertained.

22 Sep 2017 description

Ali Akbar

A two-year-old girl in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has been diagnosed with the polio virus, the province's health department told DawnNews on Thursday.

The girl, who belongs to the Lakki Marwat district, had been vaccinated against polio this year. However, her family decided to have her examined after they realised that one of her legs hurt.

Health officials say that though she has contracted virus, she will be able to walk normally thanks to her prior vaccination.

18 Sep 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The National Polio Programme is set to start first nationwide polio campaign from Sept 18, aimed at vaccinating 37.74 million children.

18 Sep 2017 description

Shazia Hasan

KARACHI: Ali Akbar Shah Goth and 100-Quarters in Arakanabad are the biggest dwellings of Rohingya Muslims in Pakistan though few will admit they are originally from Myanmar.

Since they all first crossed over to Bangladesh, in different times, to reach Pakistan, they prefer to call themselves Bengalis.

11 Sep 2017 description

By Asim Khan

The largest province in the country is facing a severe drought and man-made famine due to scarce rainfall and decreasing groundwater levels caused by deep well pumping over the last few decades, especially in the western area of Balochistan.

"Half of Balochistan is gripped by a drought," says Dr Ainuddin, chairperson of the Disaster Management Department at the University of Balochistan.

06 Sep 2017 description

By Mohammed Ashfaq

PESHAWAR: Around 1.5 million children are out of school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the preliminary report of a survey, say sources.

Sources said that the survey was conducted by elementary and secondary education department to identify out of school children in the province. They said that Rs227 million was spent on the survey.

05 Sep 2017 description

By Aamir Yasin

RAWALPINDI: The federal government has decided to change the Leh Nullah’s route in order to avoid floods in the low-lying areas of Rawalpindi and it will not pass through the thickly populated residential areas of the city. Sewage from Islamabad will also no longer be discharged in the nullah and it will instead be discharged into another nullah which flows into the Soan River.

02 Sep 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has declared the outbreak of dengue in the province a public health emergency and asked the relevant departments to immediately take measures for the control and prevention of the mosquito-borne disease.

A notification issued by the office of the chief minister on Thursday asked the departments concerned to procure the necessary items and medicines to control dengue outbreak and provide the immediate treatment to the affected people.

02 Sep 2017 description

Ali Akbar

At least three people were killed and two wounded in a landmine explosion in Mohmand Agency on Friday, officials said.

The blast occurred on a day when tribal people in most parts of Mohmand Agency are celebrating Eidul Azha.

According to political administration officials, the blast occurred near Shati Mena area of Ambar tehsil, leaving three people dead and two others injured. A man and his son are among the dead.

A tribal leader, Malik Ali Rehman, and a second person wounded in the blast have been shifted to a local hospital for treatment.

02 Sep 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The Chitral Scouts stopped members of the Dawn Relief Earthquake Welfare Organisation, also known simply as Dawn Relief, from entering the calamity-hit area of Churan Oveer over the latter’s failure to produce a no-objection certificate (NOC), said a press release on Thursday.

Some personnel of the Chitral Scouts stopped a team from Dawn Relief — which was established by the Dawn Media Group in late 2005 — at the Koragh check post near Churan Oveer on Aug 24 and asked its chief to show them an NOC issued by the authorities concerned.