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7 cases of polio surface in Karachi as 12,000 parents refused oral vaccines for children

NEWS DESK: Seven cases of polio have surfaced in Karachi as around 12,000 parents refused to administer oral vaccines to their children during the anti-polio campaigns. Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah says K-P has zero cases of polio virus and people coming from the province cannot be blamed. Watch here:

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Video: CM Sindh speaks on polio situation in Karachi

Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that he is personally monitoring the provincial polio task force and cases have been identified more in Karachi East and Malir districts.

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Every single polio case be taken seriously till complete eradication: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday said that even a single case of polio in the country should be taken seriously and no effort should be spared to ensure complete eradication of the disease from the entire country. While chairing a meeting of National Task Force on Polio Eradication, the prime minister reiterated firm…

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Pakistan to be polio free country soon: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday said Pakistan would soon get rid of polio owing to successful continuation of polio eradication drive.  He said this while talking to Chairman Rotary International Kalyan M Banerjee who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. He appreciated the efforts of the government for eradication of polio virus which was evident…

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98 percent children immunized in special anti-polio drive

PESHAWAR: Three days special anti-polio campaign ends in the selected districts of the province with 98 percent coverage as 2.818 million children are inoculated against the target of 2.87 million.    According to Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the campaign was launched in 12 districts of the province with a view to cover families coming…

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Polio worker shot dead in Pakistan: officials

PESHAWAR: A health worker who had been immunizing children against polio was shot dead in Pakistan’s northwestern province Saturday, the provincial health department said. He was shot by two motorbike riders armed with assault rifes as he returned to his base from an outreach campaign. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants have attacked…

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Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

GENEVA: Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said. The new cases were registered in the oil-rich province Deir Ezzor, the majority of which is controlled by the Islamic State group and…

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Video: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari surprises all in polio campaign

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was supposed to administer polio drops to children at a maternity home in Gizri but turned up at Shah Faisal Colony. instead for the anti-polio campaign.

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CM vows to make Sindh polio free

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he is committed to eradicate polio from Sindh but this is a national issue and all provincial governments have to combat the crippling disease in their respective areas otherwise this threat will always be looming. This he said while presiding over a meeting on…

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US lawmaker vows to defend Muslims’ rights; help Pakistan eradicate polio

NEW YORK: Pledging to uphold the rights of American-Muslims, a U.S lawmaker said Saturday that he would also help in making Pakistan a polio-free country. Speaking at a large gathering of U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin held at the Pakistan consulate in New York, Republican Congressman Daniel Donovan said that United States Constitution guaranteed freedom…

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Anti-Polio drive begins in different parts of country

A three-day anti-polio campaign underway in Sindh, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and six districts of Punjab. More than six point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas. Over two point five million children would be administered anti-polio drops in Kasur, Sargodha,…

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Pakistan will become polio free by the end 2016: UNICEF

ISLAMABAD: UNICEF Country Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney said that through coordinated and collaborative efforts of the international organisations and the government of Pakistan, polio will be eradicated from the country by the end of this year. Talking to the state broadcaster, Angela Kearny said that in 2014 there were 309 polio cases in Pakistan…

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Four Pakistani polio workers get prestigious French award

ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani polio workers have been awarded with prestigious Louis Pasteur medals by the Pasteur Institute of France in recognition of their laudable services towards eradication of the crippling disease from Pakistan. Mohammad Khuram Shehzad, Syed Latif, Ms. Azra Altaf, and Aziz Memon were awarded the medals in an impressive ceremony held Monday in…

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Woman blasts polio workers for wanting to vaccinate her children

In a video that has been going viral, a woman fights with polio workers who following the drive come to her door to vaccinate her children. Little did they know, she had been waiting to unleash a tirade against not only the workers but also the vaccines themselves. The video does not only highlight the…

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Over 2.2 million children will be administered polio drop in Karachi

KARACHI: The anti-polio campaign in city will start from September 26 and continue till October 1. The decision to this effect was taken at the Anti-polio Task Force meeting presided over by Commissioner Karachi Ejaz Ahmed Khan, said a statement here Tuesday. The meeting also reviewed the performance of the previous anti-polio drive and expressed…

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Anti-polio drive kicks off

KARACHI: A five-day supplementary polio immunization drive commenced today in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan and 12 districts of Sindh. The aim is to vaccinate at least 2.498 million children in Karachi, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Kamber, Dadu, Nawabshah, Sanghar and Naushahro Feroze districts. Balochistan Children in…

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Polio victim tops in Abbottabad Board SSC exam

ABBOTTABAD:  Physically-challenged Faisal Malik, who was stricken by polio during the early years of his life and still uses crutches to walk, has clinched the top position in the intermediate examinations in Abbottabad district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Faisal came out on top from a pool of over 58,000 students. The Board of Intermediate and…

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India to vaccinate 300,000 children after polio strain found in sewage

DELHI: India plans to urgently immunise around 300,000 children against the crippling polio virus after a strain of the highly contagious disease was detected in sewage in the southern city of Hyderabad, the ministry of health said on Wednesday. India was declared polio free by the World Health Organization in March 2014 after an almost…

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Assefa vows to continue fight against polio  

KARACHI: Assefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of former President Asif Ali Zardar, administered polio vaccine to children in Karachi and vowed to defeat the crippling disease. The Sindh government concluded a four-day anti-polio campaign on Friday. “We need to finish this. We need to eradicate this disease and we will, Inshahulah, with the continued support of…

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TTP, LeJ believed to be involved in police attack

KARACHI: Investigators probing into Wednesday’s deadly attack on policemen in Karachi believe that banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant groups are involved in the ambush, Samaa reported. According to sources, 9mm pistols were used in the attack that left seven policemen, who were guarding polio teams, dead in Orangi Town area of Karachi, a…

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Karachi police structure in a shambles

Those safeguarding lives of people in Karachi are insecure enough. In this report, Samaa highlights dilapidation of police infrastructure in Karachi where seven law-enforcers were shot dead on Wednesday.

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