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Three new polio cases reported in Balochistan

QUETTA: Despite frequent polio eradication drives across the country, three more cases of polio were reported on Thursday in Balochistan, ARY News reported. The coordinator of Emergency Operation Centre, Rashid Razzaq, while addressing a press conference along with religious clerics in Quetta, has said, three cases have been reported of the crippling disease of polio in Balochistan, so far this year. “As many as 25 million children will be administered anti-polio drops, in the drive that will be launched in the…

Papua New Guinea scrambles to vaccinate as polio returns

MOUNT HAGEN, Papua New Guinea: Decades after polio was eradicated from Papua New Guinea, the crippling and sometimes deadly disease has returned, leaving doctors scrambling to revive long-lapsed vaccination programmes. Until earlier this year, the polio virus was endemic in only three countries in the world: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. But a relatively rare strain is now spreading throughout rugged, jungle-cloaked Papua New Guinea, one of the world's poorest countries. Since the first case was detected in…

WHO says spread of polio remains international health emergency

LONDON: The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. “We are so close to the elimination of polio, but we have to use all of our international tools to achieve this end,” Helen Rees, chair of the WHO’s international emergency committee, told reporters on a telephone briefing. “The ongoing situation continues to require that a public health…

Japan announces ¥510 mn aid for polio eradication in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In an effort to eliminate polio, Japanese government on Monday announced to provide ¥510 mn aid to Pakistan for procurement polio vaccine. According to the details, the agreement for the grant was signed in Islamabad between the government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). PM's Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta acknowledged and applauded  the commitment by the Japanese government against the disease. He also expressed PTI…

Aseefa commends efforts, sacrifices of health teams for polio eradication

KARACHI: Rotary Ambassador for Polio Aseefa Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday celebrated World Polio Day at the Emergency Operation Centre for Polio and inoculated children with two drops of polio vaccine. During the ceremony Aseefa Bhutto Zardari gave presents to children and conversed with their families, followed by a cake cutting ceremony to mark world polio day, and also and met people responsible for managing the polio programme in Sindh. She appreciated the efforts made by the Sindh polio team in the eradication of…

World Polio Day: Pakistan renews pledge to become polio-free country

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday articulated his resolution to wipe out the polio virus from Pakistan, for a better and safer Pakistan. Pakistan is amongst the only three countries in the world, including Afghanistan and Nigeria, that is still under the influence of widespread polio. The World Polio Day is observed on October 24 every year. Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted his message on World Polio Day: Our government is fully committed to ending polio in Pakistan. On #WorldPolioDay, I am…

62 cases reported in US of rare polio like neurological condition

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 22 states. The CDC is investigating 127 reported cases, including the ones that have been confirmed. More than 90 percent of the cases reported so far are people under 18 years of age. The number of confirmed cases reported to date is similar to levels reported in the fall of 2014 and 2016. Acute flacid myelitis or AFM is not…

Two new polio cases reported in Karachi, KP

KARACHI: The National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication has notified two new polio cases from Gadap area of Karachi and a tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to six this year. However the virus failed to cause any clinical paralysis to both the children, said EOC. The first case of polio was confirmed in a 42 month-old female child from Gadap, Karachi and the other case in a 55-month old female child from Khyber tribal district, Khyber…

Global donors express confidence in Pakistan’s capacity to eradicate polio

ISLAMABAD: Leading international donor agencies have expressed their full confidence in the Pakistan’s capacity to achieve polio eradication in the near future. A meeting of the key international donors and partners including representatives of the Islamic Development Bank, Rotary International, Government of Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as WHO, UNICEF, USAID and CDC was called by the newly nominated prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication Babar Bin Atta.…

CM Murad directs taskforce to launch campaign for eradication of polio, measles

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday reiterated his resolve to eradicate polio and measles from Sindh by intensifying vaccination campaigns and launching awareness drives. These issues came under discussion while he was presiding over a meeting of provincial taskforce for polio eradication here at the CM House. Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, provincial secretaries of local government and health, Commissioner Karachi…