KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a commission to conduct an inquiry into causes of death of eight infants in Tharparkar district, where the level of malnutrition remains high due to frequent drought.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the commission, headed by Additional Inspector General of police Sanaullah Abbasi, to submit a report to the court in two months.
KARAK: The local residents on Thursday protested acute water shortage flaying the public health engineering department for failing to restore a water scheme damaged and washed away by flash floods last year.
The protesters, who belonged to Rehmatabad, Sikot, Tordhand and Sorti Kalay areas, gathered in Ahmadwala area here to demonstrate.
By Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD: Polio programme seems to be failing in wiping out the polio virus as a third case surfaced in Balochistan during the five months of this year.
As compared to 2017 at the same point in time, only two polio cases were reported from across the country which means that instead of a decrease, there appears 50 per cent increase in polio cases on a year-on-year basis, an official of the ministry of national health services told Dawn while requesting anonymity.
At least 10 more infants died at Mithi's Civil Hospital on Friday, reportedly of malnutrition and water-borne diseases, Dawn reported on Friday.
The parents of the deceased and ailing children lamented that they neither had healthcare facilities nor safe drinking water in their villages. People are mostly suffering from water-borne diseases as they have no other option but to drink contaminated water from wells, they said.
By Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD: Despite expectations that the poliovirus would be eradicated in 2018, the emergence of two cases in Pakistan and nine cases in Afghanistan has panicked authorities in the health sectors as the two countries have been declared one block.
At least eight infants reportedly died of malnutrition and water-borne diseases in the desert region of Mithi during the past two days, parents of the deceased children told Dawn.
The infants died at Mithi's Civil Hospital where they were brought from remote villages for treatment. With these deaths, the toll rose to 235 infant casualties during the first five months of this year.
In a worrying development, anti-polio vaccine refusals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) rose by 6,527 in May 2018 compared to refusals in April 2018.
Health Department data acquired by _DawnNewsTV_ shows that the number of refusals during an immunisation drive from May 1-3 were 26,610 compared to 20,083 in April.
QUETTA: Gastroenteritis has assumed epidemic proportion in remote areas of Awaran district, killing half a dozen people, and the Balochistan government has sought help of army doctors and other staff to provide treatment to people suffering from the disease.
KHAR / LANDI KOTAL /PESHAWAR: At least 14 people were killed and 22 others injured as heavy downpour and windstorm lashed parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Saturday.
Officials of the Bajaur Agency administration said that nine people were killed and 13 others suffered injuries in incidents of wall and roof collapse after a windstorm hit the area in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.