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- Measles cases on the rise in several districts in Sindh
- Is Karachi ready to fight the next big heatwave?
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- Pakistan: Afghan Refugees and Undocumented Afghans Repatriation (18 - 24 March 2018)
- Pakistan: KP and FATA - Areas of Displacement, Hosting and Returns as of 28 February 2018
By Zofeen Ebrahim
KARACHI, Apr 26 2018 (IPS) - “If I’m assured that my home and my village has been de-mined, I’d be the first to return with my family,” says 54-year old Mohammad Mumtaz Khan.
Khan lived in the mountainous village of Patwelai in South Waziristan, a rugged territory in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) near the Afghan border, one of the world’s most important geopolitical regions. In 2008, he shifted to Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with his wife and six children.
By Nasir Iqbal | Nisar Ahmad Khan
ISLAMABAD/ MANSEHRA: The Supreme Court was told on Wednesday that the 1,640 projects planned for the rehabilitation of the survivors of the 2005 earthquake could not be completed due to a shortage of funds.
Waseem Ashraf Butt | Muhammad Akbar Notezai
On the road from Quetta to Naukundi in Balochistan, the news fixer is clearly worried. The reason: the main source of income in his hometown (population: 20,000) is human smuggling. In fact, he asks, “Are you trying to snatch people’s livelihood from them?” The question is not in jest: his own relatives are also part of the racket.
ABU DHABI, 16th April, 2018 (WAM) -- Management of the UAE-funded Project to Assist Pakistan, UAE PAP, unveiled today the results of the UAE's polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan that started in 2014 until the end of February 2018.
As many as 281,374,70 million anti-polio vaccines were provided to more than 57 million children less than five-year-old.
By Hanif Samoon
At least ten more children lost their lives in Sindh's Tharparkar district over the past 24 hours due to malnutrition and the outbreak of viral infections and in the region, sources in Mithi Civil Hospital said.
The children who lost their lives were hospitalised in Civil Hospital Mithi. They include Nashad, 1 year old; Khalida, 2; Intizar Ali, three months old; Marvi four months old; Abida five months old; Marvi, 8; Khatoon, 6 months old, Aisha, 8 months old; Dhana, 3 months old; and Shanti, 7 months old.
By Syed Ali Shah
The first polio virus case of 2018 was reported in Balochistan's Dukki district on Thursday.
Sources in the Balochistan health department told DawnNewsTV that a three-year-old child fell prey to the crippling virus.
Samples of the child's blood were sent to a laboratory and the results confirmed the presence of polio virus in his body, the sources said.
It is yet to be ascertained if the child was ever administered polio drops.
PESHAWAR: The Fata Disaster Management Authority has set April 30 as the last deadline for the repatriation of around 1,500 families from Afghanistan to North Waziristan Agency.
FDMA assistant director operation and relief Mian Adil Zahoor said on Wednesday that the government would facilitate return of the tribal people from Afghanistan by the end of April. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting, he added.
He said after expiry of the deadline the tribal people could return to their homes, but would not be entitled to any assistance from the government.
Pakistan has launched a nationwide polio-vaccination drive to try to reach 38.7 million children and eradicate the paralyzing and potentially deadly virus in one of the last countries on Earth where it is found.
Nearly 260,000 volunteers and workers fanned out across Pakistan in an effort to vaccinate every child below the age of 5 in a weeklong campaign, Pakistan's national coordinator on polio, Mohammad Safdar, said on April 9.
He said the authorities hoped a similar campaign will soon be launched in Pakistan's tribal regions.
PESHAWAR: A three-day anti-polio campaign will begin in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Monday. The officials of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department Sunday said that more than 6.7 million children below age of five years will be administered anti-polio drops and special security measures have been taken for polio teams in this regard.
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan issued a statement regarding heat wave. He said that I want to take this opportunity to elucidate the issue pertaining to severe heat wave incidents. Heat-wave is a prevalent climate related natural hazard. Heat-waves are understood as unusual period of hot and humid or hot and dry conditions which prevail from three to five day during a summer season.
Ghulam Hussain Khawaja Updated April 02, 2018
THATTA: Several hundred children with symptoms of measles have been taken to government and private health facilities in Thatta, Sujawal and other districts as the entire Sindh has been in the grip of sizzling weather conditions over the past week.
Hanif Samoon Updated April 01, 2018
MITHI: Another six infants died in Thar over the past two days because of viral infection and malnutrition, hospital sources said on Saturday.
The babies were under treatment at Civil Hospital Mithi and other government-run health facilities. The number of children who died in March under similar circumstances reached 47.
SRINIGAR - Eighteen people have been killed in three separate incidents Sunday as Indian troops conducted counterinsurgency operations in Indian Kashmir.
State police director general S.P. Vaid said 11 militants, three soldiers and four civilians died during clashes.
He said the militants killed in the operation belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen (Party of Soldiers) and Lashkar-e-Tayaba (Army of the Righteous). Both groups have been designated as terrorist groups by India and the United States.
At least six infants have died over the last 24 hours in Sindh's Tharparker district due to viral infections and malnutrition, hospital sources told Dawn.com on Saturday.
The infants breathed their last in Mithi Civil Hospital and other government hospitals in the desert region, raising the toll to 47 this month and more than 155 this year alone, said sources privy to the health department.
PESHAWAR: The federal government has given another extension to over 2.3 million Afghan nationals, including 1.4 million registered refugees, in their stay by allowing them to remain in the country until June 30.
Addressing a daylong training workshop for field officers here, senior officials said refugees possessing Proof of Registration cards could continue to stay in the country until June 30 and that the same policy would also be applicable on those holding Afghan Citizen Cards (ACCs).
ABU DHABI, 29th March, 2018 (WAM) -- Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE-PAP, said that there are great attempts to control the spread of polio virus in Afghanistan, as for the first time there were no cases of polio virus in Pakistan in 2018 until now.
by Muhammad Aamir
ABU DHABI, 29th March, 2018 (WAM) -- The Afghanistan-Pakistan Coordination Meeting on the Common WPV Reservoirs began in Abu Dhabi today. The two-day meeting will review both countries efforts in their fight against the polio virus, with the help of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and support of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP).
Many of the failed applicants who can't be repatriated are from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia
BERLIN, March 26 (Reuters) - The number of failed asylum seekers who could not be repatriated from Germany because they lack valid documents jumped 71 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, the interior ministry said on Monday.
Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
After 2015, authorities proposed and implemented strategies to manage the effects of heatwaves. But are they enough?
By Zofeen T. Ebrahim
Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.
This, however, will hardly be the first heatwave to hit the city.
In 2015, 'an unending queue of corpses'
Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said that all resources to be mobilized to fight TB and Pakistan is committed to end TB by 2030 in line SDGs. While she was addressing TB world day seminar today in Islamabad.