Tag Archives: Polio

Task force says polio case reported in Manghopir Colony

KARACHI – A polio case has been reported in Manghopir Colony of Orangi Town, it was revealed during a meeting of the District Task Force for Polio Eradication held at the Civic Center on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Karachi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Muhammad Hussain Syed and attended by town administrators, Health Executive District Officer (EDO) Dr Nasir Javed, Education EDO Dr Ibrahim Kanbhar, Revenue deputy district officers, assistant education officers, a

8-month-old girl becomes 7th polio sufferer in province this year

KARACHI – A new polio case was reported in Karachi on Friday, according to Sindh Health Department’s Public Relations Officer Saleem Khan.
18-month-old Maria Tawab Khan, resident of Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, was diagnosed with the onset of polio on March 29, whereas, according to the final report, it was confirmed on Friday that she has polio.
“Her vaccination status is zero plus seven and she is suffering from P-1 type polio virus,” Khan said.
With this new case,

Polio immunisation campaign in KP launched

PESHAWAR – Speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Karamat Ullah Khan on Saturday announced to hold a three-day special anti-polio vaccination campaign while urging greater role of media and political parties to make it a success. The special immunisation drive would start from April 4th to 6th in the thirteen districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They include Peshawar, Chitral, Swat, Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera Mardan, Kohat, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera

Polio Cure a distant dream – 0.25 million children inaccessible in FATA

ISLAMABAD – Lack of coordination between the legislators and bureaucracy is responsible for the failure to control polio in the country, as 24 new cases have been registered so far in the current year, which is twice in number when compared with same period last year. Another alarming fact is that 0.25 million children are still inaccessible in FATA. Public representatives and health experts made these comments on Monday while asking for proper monitoring and oversight of the National

Two more polio cases confirmed in Sindh

KARACHI – Two more polio cases were reported in Sindh on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to five during the current year. The fresh polio cases have been reported at a time when a national immunisation campaign concluded in the beginning of this month with the authorities claiming to have covered 95 percent of the targeted area. Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) Project Director Dr Mazhar Khamisani said a one-year-old girl identified as Noor Bano, daughter of Ali

Refusing OPV makes infant third polio victim

KARACHI – Almost every new polio case in Sindh so far has appeared in those places where people have refused oral polio vaccine (OPV) being administered to children under five, Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) Sindh Manager Dr Mazhar Khamisani said.
One-year-old Ayaz Muhammad Hayat is the third victim of the crippling virus in the province, bringing the total number of cases in the country this year to 15. Tando Muhammad Khan’s Hayat had absolutely no history of

3-day polio eradication campaign launched in KP

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar formally launched a Three-Day Polio Eradication Campaign at a ceremony held at the Governor’s House Peshawar on Monday with a target to vaccinate 4.9 million children under five years of age in the province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). To achieve this target, 22,512 teams will be supervised by 13,000 trained lady health workers who have been engaged to reach each and every child of the desired age during

National polio immunisation campaign starts

LAHORE – A three-day national immunisation campaign against polio will start today in Punjab. The Health Department has constituted more than 38 thousands vaccination teams that will administer polio vaccine drops to children door to door. Polio drops will also be given at the cities’ exit points, railway stations, airports and highways’ toll plazas to the children traveling. Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad said the government was taking all necessary steps for complete

522,025 children to be administered polio vaccine

SIALKOT – As many as 522,025 children below five years would be administered anti-polio vaccine during a three-day national anti-polio campaign to be started in Sialkot district from March 7. Sialkot District Coordination Officer (DCO) Mujahid Sher Dil said this while presiding over a meeting. The DCO said 1,037 mobile teams, 130 stationed teams and 49 transit teams of Sialkot health department would cover all the four tehsils, Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur, to administer

Fight against polio – Pakistan is a major source of polio epidemic: minister

PESHAWAR – A three-day immunisation campaign against polio is scheduled to start in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the tribal areas (FATA) on March 7 with an aim to make the society free polio.
More than 4.9 million children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1.071 million in FATA would be vaccinated during the drive, KP Health Minister Sayed Zahir Ali Shah said while addressing a one-day workshop organised by the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) in collaboration with the UNICEF and

POLIO AFFAIRS – ‘Health officers to be tested in next campaign’

Lahore – The next anti-polio campaign starting from March 7 will be a test for all district health officers (DHO) and zero tolerance would be adopted against poor performing officers, Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad said on Saturday.
He was addressing the DHO conference. Fawad said that poor performance of officers would not be tolerated at the cost of sufferings of children.
The conference reviewed progress of various ongoing programmes including Mother,

‘Pakistan among four countries where polio still exists’

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is one of the four countries in the world where polio still exists, and the numbers of polio cases are increasing every year as seen in 2010. In this context, the parliamentarians and health experts suggested on Wednesday to move the draft compulsory Immunisation Bill in the Parliament and the provincial assemblies counter the disease.
The experts stressed the need of a nationwide awareness campaign with effective participation of the parliamentarians and