No closer to eradicating polio: KP’s first polio case confirmed

PESHAWAR: Fears expressed by health officials over the past few days came true on Wednesday when Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s first polio case of the year was confirmed in Bannu, pushing the country’s total to 11.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed the presence of the virus in 39-month-old Zeeshan, son of Noor Niyaz Khan and a resident . . . → Read More: No closer to eradicating polio: KP’s first polio case confirmed

First Polio case confirmed in Afghanistan

Kabul has recorded its first polio case since 2001, raising alarm in the city and prompting the Afghan health ministry to launch a three-day polio vaccination campaign.

A three-year-old girl, Sakina, was diagnosed after she complained that she could not stand on her feet.

A daughter of a taxi driver and from a nomad tribe, . . . → Read More: First Polio case confirmed in Afghanistan

Measles claims 2 lives in Lower Mohmand Agency

Measles reportedly claimed the lives of two minors in Ambar tehsil of Lower Mohmand Agency.

According to political administration officials who confirmed the incident through local sources on Thursday, the children belonged to Shahar Guli area.

When contacted, Extended Programme for Immunisation In-charge Dr Shabbir revealed the disease has spread in the . . . → Read More: Measles claims 2 lives in Lower Mohmand Agency

USAID hands 1330 cubic tones of nutrition packed food

In view of the abnormally high number of malnourished children in the country, USAID under its Food for Peace Programme handed over 1,330 metric tons of food items to Unicef on Thursday.

USAID handed over 1,330 metric tons of ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) supplies to address the needs of 80,000 children suffering . . . → Read More: USAID hands 1330 cubic tones of nutrition packed food

The shocking impact of Testosterone supplements

A large study has found substantial risks in prescribing testosterone to middle-age and older men for a variety of ailments. One part of the study found that testosterone doubled the risk of cardiovascular disease in more than 7,000 men who were 65 years old or older, essentially confirming findings in previous studies.

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CVS drops tobacco

CVS Caremark Corp will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October 1, the company said on Wednesday, making it the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelves.

Public health experts hailed the precedent-setting decision by the No. 2 US drugstore as a step that could . . . → Read More: CVS drops tobacco

Two more polio cases confirmed in NWA

Polio virus has been confirmed in two more children from North Waziristan Agency (NWA), The Express Tribune learnt on Monday.

According to an official at the Chief Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell, 23-month-old Somiya is the seventh to be infected with polio this year. Somiya, daughter of Attaullah, is a resident of Kati Katlain village of Miranshah . . . → Read More: Two more polio cases confirmed in NWA

Leveling the playing field

By Sadia M Malik

The subject of economic inequality has long caught the attention of development economists and practitioners. One question surrounding this debate is whether inequality is really bad. To be sure, inequality in a society has several dimensions and social scientists consider some types of inequalities less tolerable than others. For instance, . . . → Read More: Leveling the playing field

The man behind India’s ‘polio-free’

Experts for years doubted whether polio could be eradicated in India because of the size and diversity of the population and the fact that it has stubbornly persisted in the poorest and hardest to reach communities with the worst sanitation and water.

Two years ago, India was declared polio free in large part because of . . . → Read More: The man behind India’s ‘polio-free’

Immunization postponed due to security concerns

This year’s fifth polio case was confirmed on Sunday in a child from North Waziristan Agency (NWA), while the vaccination campaign scheduled to begin in Peshawar was postponed due to incomplete security arrangements.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad confirmed the virus in 13-month-old Nadia, a resident of Norak, Bura Khel village in Miranshah . . . → Read More: Immunization postponed due to security concerns