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18 Mar 2018 description

Hanif Samoon

An outbreak of measles and malnutrition claimed the lives of five children in the capital of Sindh's Tharparkar district, hospital sources and relatives said on Saturday.

With the deaths of the five children at Mithi Civil Hospital in the last 24 hours, the toll of children's deaths in Thar has risen to 123 this year, according to credible sources.

03 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to go for advanced mechanism to diagnose poliovirus and determine its area of origin.

Not only advanced machinery will be purchased but staff will also be trained in using it.

National Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre for polio eradication Dr Rana Mohammad Safdar while talking to Dawn said diagnosis of poliovirus was increasingly becoming difficult as the virus has been decreasing in Pakistan.

Japan to provide $3.2m for procurement of new equipment

05 Feb 2018 description

By Hanif Samoon

Eight children died on Saturday in Sindh's Tharparkar district due to viral infections and malnutrition, taking the total death count in the region for similar cases to 12 so far in February, sources in Mithi Civil Hospital told DawnNews.

The trend of infant deaths in the region seems to have carried on from January, during which 54 infants below the age of five lost their lives due to various health issues, sources said.

20 Nov 2017 description

QUETTA: A three-day polio vaccination campaign in 33 districts of Balochistan will begin on Monday (today).

The coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Balochistan, Syed Faisal Ahmed, said on Sunday that all arrangements for the campaign had been made. He said more than 2.4 million children were expected to be vaccinated against the polio virus during the campaign, adding that the children would also be given Vitamin-A drops.

01 Nov 2017 description

Three Levies personnel were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast targeting a polio team in Bajaur Agency's Khar district on Tuesday, officials said.

Officials in the political administration said the team was targeted while administering polio drops to children in the area.

The wounded were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment, the officials added.

Fieldworkers and security forces involved in anti-polio drives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have often been targeted by militants.

30 Oct 2017 description

KARACHI: The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh is set to launch on Monday (today) a five-day polio campaign in 21 districts and towns of Sindh, including its sprawling capital, officials said on Sunday. They said the campaign would conclude on Friday.

The 21 districts and towns of Sindh include Karachi, Dadu, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Qambar, Kashmore, Larkana, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Badin, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Matiari, Naushahro Feroze, Sanghar, Benazirabad, Sujawal, Thatta and Jamshoro.

25 Oct 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), which had raised global concerns over frequent cases of polio a couple of years ago, has been freed from the virus of the crippling disease during the past one year.

“Fata completed one year without any polio case on July 27, 2017 as the last polio case from the region was reported on July 27, 2016. Not a single case is reported from any part of the area so far whereas only two polio cases were reported in 2016,” said an official statement issued in connection with World Polio Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

27 Aug 2017 description

Mohammad Ashfaq, Updated August 27, 2017

PESHAWAR: A girl and a boy died of dengue fever in Abbottabad on Saturday taking the death toll from the vector-borne disease in the province during the last two months to 10.

Dengue, which broke out in Tehkal village of Peshawar in early July, has spread to other parts of the province since.

According to a report of the Dengue Response Unit released on Saturday, Jamil Ahmad and Samina Bibi under treatment at the Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad, for dengue died on Saturday morning.

23 Aug 2017 description

By Manzoor Ali

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s complacency coupled with the major hospitals’ lackadaisical attitude has turned dengue into a major epidemic in the provincial capital.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report into investigation of dengue outbreak in Peshawar and available with Dawn shows that first dengue case was admitted at Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) with positive NS1 test on June 14, 2017.

23 Aug 2017 description

By Ali Akbar

Seven people have been killed and over 1,500 affected by the dengue virus in Peshawar, according to statistics released by the Deputy Commissioner's Office on Tuesday.

This is the first time since the virus's outbreak in the province that any official data has been released.

A total of 1,547 were tested positive for the virus, of which 560 were admitted to different hospitals in the provincial capital. The document said 242 patients are still being treated.