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Merged districts parents to be paid for getting children vaccinated

They will get Rs200 per vaccine for six visits

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May 18, 2019


What happens when you don’t vaccinate your child?

In Pakistan, the polio vaccine has come under fire in the past several years

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March 9, 2019


Anti-polio campaign launched across Pakistan

13.2m children under five years of age will be vaccinated

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February 18, 2019


Keep giving babies polio shots in polio-free zones: doctors

Azad Jammu and Kashmir has had no polio case in eight years. But the government is still vaccinating here. Doctors say it’s the right thing to do because people travel. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries with ongoing wild poliovirus transmission. This is why Pakistanis need to show vaccination certificates before getting…

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April 9, 2018


Bori-band solution for Orangi’s bad dogs?

Reporting By: Ali Hasnain KARACHI: The bori-band laash has inspired the people of Orangi Town to tackle a menace of the four-legged variety. Some of them got together to put more than a dozen street dogs in sacks to cart over to the town office in a rickshaw. The animals were alive. Animal rights activists…

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March 15, 2018


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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October 31, 2017


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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October 26, 2017


When Chicken Pox Comes To Roost

By Gulrukh Tausif “Mom, is it normal to have spots on the stomach like these ones?” When my 15 year old son asked me this question almost two weeks ago, bashfully lifting his shirt, I must admit my heart went a little pitter-patter. I had heard about a spike in chickenpox cases especially in Faisalabad…

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June 10, 2017


Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia face punishment

  SYDNEY: Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent outbreaks of preventable diseases. In response to increasing concern about anti-vaccination movements, Canberra last year introduced a “no jab, no pay” law blocking parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing…

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October 20, 2016


Traders advised to get sacrificial animals vaccinated

KARACHI: Local administration has started giving final touches to arrangements as Asia’s biggest show of sacrificial animals “Karachi Maweshi Mandi” around the corner for formal kick-off here at Sohrab Goth. In a statement issued here on Friday, Jahangir Allah Rakha, the Administrator of Karachi’s cattle market, said that special arrangements have been made for facilitation,…

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August 5, 2016


Polio hits child despite multiple doses of vaccine

In Karachi’s first polio case of year 2016, polio affected a child despite having the anti-polio vaccine nine times.  Watch this report…

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February 9, 2016


5 mln children administered anti-polio drops in Punjab

LAHORE: As many as five million children upto 5 years of age were administered anti-polio drops during current anti-polio drive by the Extended Programme for Immunization (EPI) of Punjab Health department. A spokesman of EPI department in a press statement Tuesday said, during the anti-polio campaign children upto 5 years of age were administered polio…

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September 22, 2015


One child in five still not vaccinated: WHO

GENEVA: One-fifth of the world's children are still not receiving routine life-saving vaccinations and efforts to ensure global immunisation coverage remain “far off track,” the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Nearly 22 million infants, many living in the world's poorest countries, missed out in 2013 on the routine vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus…

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April 22, 2015


Anti-measles vaccine: Death toll reaches 6 in Balochistan

QUETTA: Two more children died Friday due to substandard vaccination of measles in Qila Saifullah district of Balochistan, bringing the death toll to six in two days, Samaa reported. Several children were reported to be in critical condition and four of them died after they were administered anti-measles vaccine on Thursday in a government-run hospital…

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April 17, 2015


Five new polio cases push tally to near century

ISLAMABAD: The number of polio cases reported this year climbed to 99 – only one shy of a shameful century – after five more cases poliovirus infection surfaced today in various parts of the country, Samaa reported Saturday. According to National Institute of Health, five new cases of polio include: two-year old Jaul Haq from…

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July 19, 2014


Sharif brothers should be given polio drops

Sheikh Rasheed never fails to be funny and sarcastic. Many applaud him for his ‘candid’ bayanat, while others disregard him for being too critical of everything under the sun. But whether you love him or hate him, he never ceases to be entertaining. While the world busied itself by talking about the country’s failure to administer…

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May 6, 2014


Vaccination may alter your body odour

ISLAMABAD: Do you know that a simple vaccination at your nearby clinic can trigger a distinct change in your body odour? Research has documented the first demonstration of a bodily odour change due to immune activation. The results have potential implications regarding disease surveillance in wildlife populations and food safety, bioterrorism and human disease diagnosis,…

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April 3, 2014


Fighting halts polio vaccination in northern Syria

GENEVA: Heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to an estimated 100,000 Syrian children in the northeastern province of Raqqa, United Nations aid agencies said on Monday, appealing for access.The crippling infectious disease was confirmed in 17 children in Syria in October, the first outbreak there since 1999. A nationwide campaign was…

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January 13, 2014


Khyber Agency: Blast in vaccination center injures female polio worker

Staff ReportLANDI KOTAL: A female volunteer of anti-polio vaccination team was injured when a blast took place in vaccination center at Khyber Agency, SAMAA reported.Officials said the blast occurred in immunization center inside Tehsil Jamrud’s civil hospital where a team of polio workers, including women volunteers, was busy in administering polio drops.There was no word…

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March 5, 2013


Vaccination campaign against measles launched in Karachi

Staff ReportKARACHI: A special vaccination campaign was launched in the city on Saturday to prevent the outbreak of measles epidemic, SAMAA reports.The campaign will last till January 15 during which children will be vaccinated against measles. In this regard, special camps have been set up at basic health centres and dispensaries. Dr Imdadullah, EDO Karachi,…

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January 5, 2013


Over 3.1 million children deprived of polio vaccination

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Over 3.1 million children could not be immunized for polio across the country after the killing of polio workers in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to a report issued by Prime Minister Polio Monitoring Cell, as many as 1.8 million children were deprived of anti-polio vaccine in Sindh. The government had set…

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December 21, 2012