Polio endemic predicted in the absence of polio drops

The inability to vaccinate children in some parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and other sensitive places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) will make Pakistan the last country in the world to eradicate polio, concluded a senior official from the K-P health department.

“If the virus . . . → Read More: Polio endemic predicted in the absence of polio drops

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

Pakistan tops Polio list with 72 reported cases in 2013

Pakistan has again lost the battle against polio this year with 72 cases reported in the country so far, surpassing Nigeria which reported 50 cases and Afghanistan where only nine cases surfaced.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), last week Pakistan reported six polio cases while Afghanistan and Nigeria did not report any. Comparing . . . → Read More: Pakistan tops Polio list with 72 reported cases in 2013

Ministers withdraw support to Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill 2013

Provincial ministers, who had earlier lent their support for curtailing child marriages, backtracked on their views when the Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill 2013 was presented in the assembly last week.

The bill, which calls to curtail child marriages in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), was moved by MPA Munawar Sultana from . . . → Read More: Ministers withdraw support to Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill 2013

KPK govt claims 40% of missing men have returned home

Authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)  on Monday told a UN delegation currently in the country to examine the issue of enforced disappearances that 40% of missing persons have already returned home.

Four members of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances arrived in Peshawar and held an hour-long meeting with two officials of . . . → Read More: KPK govt claims 40% of missing men have returned home

KP and FATA Adorn their Winter Attire

The first rain this winter brought an end to the persistent dry weather, on Saturday, with an increase in the intensity of cold and unusually heavy snowfall in hilly areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

With the advent of a moist and cold wave, most parts of K-P experienced chilly weather. Rains . . . → Read More: KP and FATA Adorn their Winter Attire

‘Chilas blasts a ploy to sabotage Diamer-Bhasha dam’

Over 10,000 people, gathered in Chilas on Sunday, demanded the arrest of the perpetrators behind a series of bombings that damaged two girls’ schools and a jama’at khana in the town on Saturday night. Many in the area, including Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) opposition leader Bashir Ahmad Khan, hold the view that the bombings were . . . → Read More: ‘Chilas blasts a ploy to sabotage Diamer-Bhasha dam’