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Pakistan will eradicate polio in upcoming year: PM Khan tells Bill Gates

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday had a telephonic conversation with philanthropist Bill Gates and discussed a range of issues including the polio eradication campaign. The prime minister said earnest efforts are continuing to further intensify the anti-polio campaign

Threats to vaccinations

Vaccinations have been hailed as being one of the major achievements in the 20th Century which have eradicated several diseases and our response system. But not everyone agrees. In the past few years, the opposition to vaccines has risen in

Anti-polio campaign to start countrywide from today

ISLAMABAD: An anti-polio campaign of various durations will start across the country from today aiming to inoculate over four million children. The SOPs to protect from coronavirus will be strictly implemented during the campaign. In Punjab, 20 million children between

Five-day nationwide polio campaign to start on March 29

ISLAMABAD: A five-day polio vaccination campaign will start from March 29 during which over 40 million children under the age of five will be inoculated. Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan launched the national polio immunisation drive

First polio case of 2021 reported in Balochistan

QUETTA: The first case of poliovirus in the year 2021 has been reported in Balochistan. According to the health department, a 28-month-old child has been diagnosed with poliovirus in Qila Abdullah. A new case of polio has been reported from

Five-day anti-polio drive in different parts of Pakistan begins

ISLAMABAD: A five-day anti-polio drive in different parts of Pakistan will start from today. According to details, a five-day anti-polio drive in Balochistan is starting in all 33 districts from today. In the province, more than 2.4 million children up

New case of polio surfaced in Balochistan

QUETTA: A new case of poliovirus has been reported in Balochistan, according to the health department. The Balochistan Health Department said that the health department, the virus was confirmed in a 16-month-old baby in the Gulistan area of Qila Abdullah.

Five-day anti-polio campaign begins today

ISLAMABAD: A five-day nationwide polio eradication campaign will commence on Monday during which over 39 million children below five years of age will be administered anti-polio vaccine across the country. This is the first nationwide campaign in the country after its

Bill Gates acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts amid COVID-19 pandemic

RAWALPINDI: Philanthropist Bill Gates had acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in managing the COVID-19 pandemic despite the current rise in cases. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had a telephonic conversation with Bill Gates

Asifa Bhutto urges parents to vaccinate children against polio

KARACHI: Asifa Bhutto Zardari, sister of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appealed to the people to vaccinate their children against polio. An Anti-polio campaign has commenced in 128 districts of Pakistan from today in which more

30 mn children to be vaccinated in anti-polio campaign from today

ISLAMABAD: An Anti-polio campaign has commenced in 128 districts of Pakistan from today in which more than 30 million children will be vaccinated against polio. The National Coordinator for the Polio Program said that children under the age of five

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