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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.

21 Aug 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The health department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is taking technical assistance from the mobile health units sent by Punjab government to put brakes on the outbreak of haemorrhagic dengue fever, which has killed five people besides sending 1,000 others to hospitals during the past one month.

Most of the cases of dengue fever have been reported in Tehkal village.

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.

20 Aug 2017 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The year’s first dengue case in the federal capital was reported on Saturday, after a Garden Town resident was admitted to Polyclinic Hospital.

A dengue outbreak has already been observed in Peshawar, and health experts believe the dengue virus had shifted to Islamabad due to the frequent movement of people between Peshawar and Islamabad. They suggested taking immediate measures to eradicate the mosquito, warning that otherwise they would be infected with the virus.

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.

02 Aug 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever in Tehkal area has set alarm bells ringing at health department amid reports of two deaths in the provincial metropolis by the ailment caused by bite of mosquito.

Sources said that authorities screened 1,000 persons of whom 150 tested positive, mostly from the same locality. They said that two persons including 65-year-old Rustam Khan and 22-year-old Huma Bibi died of dengue at Khyber Teaching Hospital.

30 Jul 2017 description

PARACHINAR: An estimated 60 per cent people of Parachinar are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of frequent terror attacks in the town, says a senior health expert.

Prof Asma Humayun of Meditrina Health Care Team (MHCT), who supervised a three-day workshop on mental healthcare and psycho-social support training in terror-hit Parachinar, said local people were exposed to severe mental stress due to recent spell of terrorist attacks.

25 Jul 2017 description

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai

QUETTA: A five-day anti-polio campaign began in Quetta, Pishin, Qila Abdullah and Mastung districts of Balochistan amid tight security on Monday.

Health workers and other staff members will cover 127 union councils of the four districts during the campaign.

“Nearly 800,000 children will be administered polio drops,” said Syed Faisal Ahmed, chief coordinator of the provincial emergency operation centre.