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PIMS starts training for Afghan health professionals

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Tuesday initiated a training program for Afghan health professionals aimed to help the neighbouring country in rehabilitation of its health sector. The inauguration ceremony in this regard was held at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) auditorium under the banner ‘Fostering Brotherhood …

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After genetic sequencing: Polio virus in Peshawar traced back to Lahore

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s health department officials were shocked to find that traces of the poliovirus found in Peshawar’s Shaheen Muslim Town area’s environmental samples had originated from Lahore. A senior health official, who deals with polio eradication campaigns, told The Express Tribune that whenever environmental samples are found to be positive we …

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Anti-polio drive postponed in Khyber at eleventh hour

The anti-polio vaccination campaign planned to start on Monday (today) in Khyber Agency along with other Fata regions has been postponed for at least a week owing to the delay in laboratory test result of the polio vaccine used in the previous campaign. Local health authorities were all set to …

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Year’s first anti-polio drive begins today

The first anti-polio campaign of the year will begin on Monday (today) in which some 8.4 million children under the five years of age will be targeted across Sindh, officials said on Sunday. They said out of the 8.4 million children, 2.2m would be vaccinated in 188 union councils of …

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Anti-polio drive: UN agency set to boost immunisation efficacy

The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) is likely to support the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government in boosting the ratio of routine anti-polio immunisation campaigns. Officials privy to the development said that the issue of low coverage during routine immunisation was being discussed, adding that since the UN children’s fund was already on …

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Woman forced to deliver child outside of hospital

A woman was forced to give birth to her child outside of a hospital on Saturday after she was asked to wait by doctors. Hospital official Dr Uzair Soomro said that the woman, who could not be identified, had come to the Shikarpur Madeji Rural Health Centre for a checkup. …

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Poliovirus confirmed in infant

The Emergency Operations Centre, Balochis­tan, on Tuesday confirmed a new case of poliomyelitis in a four-month-old boy in the Meh­moodabad area of Cha­man town, Qila Abdullah district. Parents of the infant said that the boy developed high-grade fever and weakness in muscles in the last week of December. They first …

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Training on HIV/AIDS

The Punjab Aids Control Programme (PACP) organised training of healthcare providers on HIV/AIDS, treatment and counselling at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology at the Old Auditorium of the PIC on Wednesday. According to a handout, the training was attended by doctors, staff nurses and paramedics from the PIC. The training …

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Clerics’ help sought to cover polio refusals in Mansehra

Officials of district administration, health department and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday held a meeting with clerics to persuade them to play a proactive role in bringing down polio refusal cases in the district. Ulema from all over the district, Deputy Commissioner Iqbal Hussain, District Health Officer Dr Shahzada …

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