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PM condemns killing of polio workers in Quetta

ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday strongly condemned the attack on a polio team in Quetta, which resulted in the loss of two precious lives. The Prime Minister called for a report on the incident from the Chief Secretary and Inspector General Balochistan. Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to make every possible effort…

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Two female polio workers killed in Quetta

QUETTA: Unknown gunmen shot and killed two female polio workers in Bareech Town near Hazargunj Fruit Market, Quetta, on Thursday. According to police, the deceased polio workers were performing their duty when assailants riding a motorbike opened fire upon them and fled away from the scene. As a result, both the workers were killed on…

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Second polio case in three months confirmed in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Karachi witnessed its second case of polio within a span of three months, the latest victim being a five-month-old infant who has been diagnosed with the crippling disease. Five-month-old boy Zaibullah, son of Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of UC-4 Gadap Town, had been administered with anti-polio drops during a past campaign. However, his routine…

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Denied salaries, Hyderabad’s female polio workers continue to work hard

HYDERABAD: Female polio workers in Hyderabad are denied salaries or hired at measly pays but that does not stop them from striving to eliminate the virus which serves as a menace for everyone.  Pakistan unfortunately happens to be one of the two countries in the world where polio is endemic–the other being Afghanistan. However, lady…

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Pakistan, Germany sign four agreements for vaccination, polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Germany on Tuesday signed four financial and technical agreements for vaccination and polio eradication from the country. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Arif Ahmed Khan and Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan Martin Kobler signed the agreements for the Financial Support 2015 and Technical Agreement 2016, amounting to 76.4 million Euros and 15.3 million…

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Shocking: Hyderabad man thrashes own family, polio workers

HYDERABAD: Health workers were beaten up in Hyderabad on Tuesday for administering anti-polio drops to a kid, police said. According to police, Saeed, a resident of Heerabad area, got furious after he saw his son being administered with anti-polio drops. The accused first thrashed his wife and son before assaulting the health workers. Dr Masood,…

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DC urges parents to get kids vaccinated against polio

MULTAN: Deputy Commissioner Nadir Chattha urged parents to get their kids up to 5-year administered anti polio vaccine to safeguard them suffering from crippling disease in future. He said it was national duty of parents to get their children administered anti polio drops and cases would be registered against parents on refusal. He was chairing…

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We will eliminate polio disease in country: Saira Afzal Tarrar

ISLAMABAD: Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarrar said the government is committed to eliminate Polio from the country. Talking to state television, she said Health Ministry has taken effective measures against the crippling disease. She said two types of viruses have been removed but one is still remaining and steps are being taken in this regard….

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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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