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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.

20 Sep 2017 description

19 September 2017 – Pakistan, being one of the last 3 polio-endemic countries in the world, has launched the first national immunization days campaign of the 2017–2018 low transmission season during which more than 37 million children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated against polio. The campaign is taking place in all the districts/agencies of the country with a few local operational adjustments.

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.

14 Sep 2017 description
  • New on polioeradication.org: Polio vaccines reach vulnerable children in hard to reach areas of Syria.

  • Following flooding in Benue, Nigeria, the World Health Organization has deployed its polio infrastructure across the state to strengthen disease prevention efforts.

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan plan to implement National Immunization Days during the second half of September.

10 Sep 2017 description

Current major event

Dengue fever in Pakistan

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in Pakistan has recently reported a high number of dengue fever cases in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). A total of 1,279 laboratory confirmed cases were reported during the months of July and August 2017.

Editorial note

02 Sep 2017 description

KARACHI: The city on Friday reported its first polio case in 20 months, setting alarm bells ringing for the megapolis still not clear of the crippling virus, officials said.

They said that a seven-month-old baby of an Afghan refugee family living in Union Council-13 of Gulshan-i-Iqbal had contracted polio. They added that the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, confirmed the samples sent from here three weeks ago tested positive for polio.

31 Aug 2017 description
  • New on www.polioeradication.org: Planning an effective vaccination campaign; and, reaching the hard-to-reach: overcoming physical obstacles.

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan polio eradication teams convened last week in Islamabad to follow up on the southern corridor (Quetta Block – Greater Kandahar) joint planning for the upcoming low transmission season. The meeting was attended by the national teams as well as the staff from the southern region of Afghanistan and Balochistan province of Pakistan.

30 Aug 2017 description

Current major event

Meningitis in Yemen

The suspected bacterial meningitis cases continue to be monitored. From 01 January to 06 August 2017 (Epidemiological week 31), a total of 2,467 clinically diagnosed cases including 37 related deaths (Case fatality ratio- 1.5%) were reported through the Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) in Yemen.

Editorial note

29 Aug 2017 description

Islamabad: August 25, 2017- Reiterating firm commitment of the Government of Pakistan to rid the country from the polio, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while chairing a meeting of National Task Force on Polio Eradication has said that even a single case of polio in the country should be taken seriously and no effort should be spared to ensure complete eradication of the disease from the entire country.

28 Aug 2017 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Even a single case of polio in the country should be taken seriously and no effort should be spared to eradicate the disease, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday.

High mobility rates and the existence of polio reservoirs across the border were among the major challenges faced by Pakistan in rooting out polio, “but we are fully determined to overcome them”, Mr Abbasi said while presiding over a meeting of the National Task Force (NTF) on Polio Eradication.

22 Aug 2017 description

August 15, 2017 - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a high level meeting at PM Office in Islamabad, wherein the Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar and Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Senator Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq briefed the Prime Minister on progress regarding polio eradication.

22 Aug 2017 description

Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has appreciated the efforts of the Government for eradication of polio virus which is evident from the fact that only three cases of polio have been reported this year. The President hoped that Pakistan will soon get rid of polio owing to successful continuation of polio eradication drive.

21 Aug 2017 description

QUETTA: A five-day polio eradication campaign will begin in Quetta, Pishin, Qila Abdullah and Mastung districts on Monday.

Syed Faisal Ahmed, Coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre, told reporters on Sunday that 127 union councils in the four districts would be covered by the campaign.

He said that 800,000 children would be administered vaccination drops during the campaign.

18 Aug 2017 description


453 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication: Afghanistan,
January 2016–June 2017

460 Human cases of influenza at the human-animal interface,
January 2015–April 2017

476 Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), 2017


453 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite:
Afghanistan, janvier 2016-juin 2017

460 Cas humains de grippe à l’interface homme-animal, janvier 2015-avril 2017

15 Aug 2017 description

By Faiza Ilyas

KARACHI: Regretting the country’s slow progress on childhood vaccination especially on the polio front despite massive government spending over the years, experts at the concluding day of a health seminar held on Monday called for concerted efforts to break the many myths surrounding vaccines, one of the most effective ways to prevent many serious illnesses.

They also warned about the high prevalence of antibiotic resistance resulting from the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and urged doctors to be cautious in their prescriptions.

14 Aug 2017 description


  • GoP repatriation program assists nearly 260,000 displaced households to return to FATA

  • Recent polio vaccination campaigns reach 92 percent of targeted children countrywide

  • Flooding results in nearly 50 deaths and displaces at least 11,200 people


11 Aug 2017 description
  • The United Kingdom has announced £100 million in new funding to polio eradication to meet the final challenges. Details.

  • Front-line worker Khalida in Pakistan: part of building trust in vaccines. More.

10 Aug 2017 description

WHO statement 3 August 2017

The fourteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 3 August 2017 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.