Nationwide polio eradication campaign begins today

ISLAMABAD: A five-day nationwide polio eradication campaign commenced on Monday during which 45 million children below five years age will be administered anti-polio vaccine across the country. This is the first nationwide campaign in the country after its four-month suspension

Another polio case reported in Balochistan

BALOCHISTAN: The polio emergency operation center Pakistan has reported one more polio case from Balochistan on Monday, taking the provincial tally figure for this year to 18.  A 15-month-old girl tested positive for poliovirus in Balochistan’s Pishin district. In this

KP govt doubles anti-polio workers’ daily wages

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has increased the daily wage of anti-polio workers from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. According to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the wages of anti-polio workers have been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.

PM Imran, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19 response, polio campaign

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with philanthropist Bill Gates to discuss the latest situation on COVID-19 response and resumption of polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. During the conversation, the prime minister apprised Bill Gates about the improved COVID-19 situation

Another polio case emerges in Balochistan

QUETTA: The polio emergency operation center Pakistan has reported one more polio case from Balochistan on Monday, taking the provincial tally figure for this year to 16.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a 20-month-old boy was affected

Three-day anti-polio campaign begins today

KARACHI: A three-day anti-polio vaccination drive will begin in Sindh’s capital from today till 23rd July. According to the Sindh Emergency Operation Centre for Polio, the drive will be conducted in two districts of Karachi and will target children less

Another polio case emerges in Balochistan

QUETTA: The polio emergency operation center Pakistan has reported one more polio case from Balochistan on Saturday, taking the provincial tally figure for this year to 15. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a 17-month-old girl was affected

IsDB approves $60m for polio eradication programme

ISLAMABAD: The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has approved a $60 million supplementary fund for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan. The new financing has been approved by the IsDB Board of Executive Directors at the virtual meeting held in Jeddah

Major anti-polio drive to begin in Punjab next month

LAHORE: A polio vaccination drive which was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, will begin in Punjab from the upcoming month. According to the details, the government has started preparations to launch the campaign in the second

COAS Bajwa discusses polio eradication drive with Bill Gates

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a telephone conversation with renowned philanthropist Bill Gates. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the call with the Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was held

Rethinking anti-polio strategy

It has been emphasised several times that Pakistan is in the midst of a polio epidemic. The country is one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, and rather than given millions of children a fighting chance against

Four more polio cases emerge in Sindh, KPK

ISLAMABAD: Both Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported as many as four new cases of polio, reaching the tally to 12 for the current year 2020. An official of the National Institute of Health (NIH) said the cases of Sindh were

Another new polio case emerges in Sindh

KARACHI: Another new polio case reported in Sindh province from Kashmore area on Wednesday. According to the polio emergency operation center Sindh, with the new case of polio raising the total number of cases in the year 2020 to three.

Mehwish Hayat slams journalist over polio worker video

KARACHI: Actress Mehwish Hayat slammed Pakistani-Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah after he post a video of polio workers, advising him to check every information before publishing it. The Canadian author had taken to Twitter with a footage telling his followers about

Trouble emerges as one more polio case recorded in KP

PESHAWAR: The National Institute of Health (NIH) has reported a new case of wild poliovirus (WPV) from the Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, taking the number of provincially registered cases to 92. With 32 cases of polio, Lakki Marwat

WHO extends travel bans on Pakistan for another three months

LAHORE: Upset by repeated outbreaks of type 2 poliovirus resulting from vaccines in all provinces and troubling rise in cases of type 1 wild poliovirus (WP1), the World Health Organization (WHO) has screwed Pakistan by increasing the country’s travel restrictions

KP confirms first two polio cases of 2020

PESHAWAR: Two new cases of polio-virus have been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to details, the two cases were reported from Laki Marwat and D.I Khan where a 9-month old and 2-year-old children respectively diagnosed with the virus in the

Pharmaceutical prices

The government has reduced the prices of 89 essential and life-saving medicines with immediate effect. This may offer temporary relief but the move is mere eyewash for the public reeling under the burden of a hike in prices of pharmaceutical

Sindh, KP report four more polio cases

PESHAWAR: Four new cases of polio have been reported in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), raising the total number of affectees to 115 in 2019. The reports stated that the first case was from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Tank district where a

Pakistan to import polio markers from India

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday has decided to give one-time permission for import of polio markers from India and reduce prices of 89 medicines by 15 percent. The markers, which are used to mark the fingers of chil­dren after

Polio epidemic

A new anti-polio vaccination campaign is currently underway as the number of cases surged to more than 100 this year. Then  devastating news was received that two policemen guarding polio workers were shot dead in Lower Dir area reaffirming fears

IDB approves $10 million to Pakistan for polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: The Jeddah based Islamic Development Bank on Wednesday has approved $10 million for Pakistan to eradicate polio in the country. While addressing the launch event of “Support of Pakistan Polio Eradication Program (2019-2021),” Hammad Azhar, Federal Minister for Economic

Firdous Awan stresses public cooperation with police

SIALKOT: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday stressed the need for active public cooperation with the police for good policing and early provision of justice. Addressing media after visiting the newly-established

Govt has taken every possible step to eradicate polio: Firdous Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan assured that the government has taken every possible step to eradicate polio from the country. In a tweet, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan posted that the polio vaccination

Polio cases caused by oral vaccine: reports

LONDON: It has been reported in new cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine, as world health numbers show there are now more children being paralysed by the virus. The World Health Organisa­tion and partners noted nine new polio

Govt forms national consensus body on polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: The government has former National Strategic Advisory Group on polio eradication and immunisation.  “To eradicate polio from Pakistan and effectively protect children from other vaccine preventable diseases through a truly national effort, we have constituted this National Strategic Advisory

Five new polio cases reported in Sindh and KP

PESHAWAR: Five new cases of polio have been reported in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), raising the total number of affectees to ninety-one in 2019. According to reports, three more cases of polio were diagnosed in Sindh and the other

Four new polio cases reported in KP and Sindh

KARACHI: Four new polio cases have been reported in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), raising the number of polio-affected children to nine during the current year. According to reports, cases of polio were diagnosed in Lakki Marwat District of KP

Resurgence of polio

Pakistan’s polio programme is currently in shambles. There has been an unprecedented spike in polio cases this year. The head of the polio eradication programme has resigned, and now damning reports indicate that there has been a cover-up over a

36-month-old polio victim dies in Sindh

SUJAWAL: Polio virus claimed life of a 36-month-old infant in Sindh on Thursday. This makes it the ninth case of polio in the province. According to Emergency Operation Center for polio, the victim, Aman Omer belonged to Badhar Mohalla in