15 01, 2019

MoU signed for upgradation of Basic Health Units


Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) and World Health Organisation (WHO) signed an MoU for the up gradation of Basic Health Units (BHUs) infrastructure in the city. The statement issued said that Director General World Health Organization Dr. Tedros who is currently on a two day visit to Pakistan visited a Basic Health Unit in [...]

15 12, 2018

8.9 m children vaccinated in last Anti-Polio Campaign


Health Department, Govt of Sindh launched 3-days last Anti-Polio Campaign of the year 2018 recently. The inauguration of the campaign was done by Minister for Health, Govt of Sindh, Dr. Azra Fazal Pehchuho. Senior members of health department were also present on the occasion. The targeted population for the campaign was approximately 8.9 million children [...]

15 11, 2018

Polio Campaign in Karachi and interior Sindh launched


The Emergency Operation Centre for Polio in Sindh launched a Polio Campaign in all districts of Karachi and 18 districts of interior Sindh. The total target population for this campaign is above seven million children under five years of age out of which approximately 2.3 million children reside in Karachi. More than 50,000 front line [...]

15 07, 2018

Govt committed to eradicate polio virus


Commissioner Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui said that government was committed to eradicate the polio virus and administration making all coordinated efforts on priority basis with aimed polio free Pakistan and protect our children from this crippled disease. He said while talking to the delegation of Independent Monitory Board of the Global Polio Initiative Mission, an [...]

15 06, 2018

97% reduction in reported polio cases – NEOC


Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication has said that during the last four years, Pakistan has witnessed 97 percent reduction in the reported polio cases, as the number of cases fell from 306 to 8 in the year 2017. He was addressing a meeting of National Emergency Operations [...]

15 05, 2018

Approx. 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines – Experts


Approximately 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines. Immunization is estimated to save 2-3 million lives every year. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. These views were expressed by experts of Pakistan Pediatric Association while addressing a press briefing to observe World Immunization Week held recently [...]

15 04, 2018

Sindh introduced Rotavirus Vaccines in EPI routine immunisation


The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Sindh has introduced Rotavirus Vaccine in routine immunization schedule of the EPI, in a ceremony held at EPI Office on Friday, 30th March ‘2018. Sindh Secretary Health Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, administrated the rotavirus vaccine to children and announced induction of vaccine in routine immunization. He said that Diarrhea is a leading cause of death in children. Statistics show [...]

15 03, 2018

Japan announces $3.2 million grant for modernizing NIH Polio Lab


The Japanese government on Friday announced $3.2 million grant for the procurement of equipment for the polio eradication laboratory at the National Institute, Islamabad. The notes were officially signed by the representatives of the Government of Japan, Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Health Organisation. The grant will be provided for modernising the NIH [...]

16 01, 2018

Pakistan’s progress over polio eradication reviewed


Directs early preparation of PC-1 for next three years to sustain progress Federal Minister for National Health Services, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar chaired a high level Meeting to review Pakistan’s polio situation. Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez, National Coordinator for Polio Dr. Rana Safdar, representative of Pakistan Army and international partner agencies attended. Dr. [...]

15 12, 2017

IAG launches manual for Polio Eradication


The Islamic Advisory Group launched a Training Manual titled ‘Polio Eradication, Mother and Child Health and Immunization’. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan, the manual provides practical guidance on how to engage local communities to advocate for vaccination as well as other maternal and child healthcare issues. The launching of the Training Manual [...]

15 08, 2016

Meeting of provincial task force on Polio


Meeting of provincial task force on Polio Chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Siddiq Memon. Also present in the meeting are Prime Ministers Focal Person on Polio Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Chairperson Monitoring and Oversight Committee Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, National Technical Consultant Dr. Altaf Bosan, Coordinator EOC Sindh Fayaz Jatoi, Technical Focal Person Sindh Dr. [...]

15 03, 2016

Japan renews commitment to bring Pakistan closer to becoming polio-free


The Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement of 360,000,000 Japanese Yen (US$ 2,981,554) worth grant  to support interruption of the wild polio virus in Pakistan. The grant will help procurement of 16,078,990 doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV); sufficient to vaccinate 14,356,241 children under the age of five in ten mop-up [...]

15 02, 2016

Governor Sindh inaugurates Polio Vaccine Campaign


Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said that for better and sustainable result during polio campaigns female workers from local communities have been hired to ensure that each and every children specially in vulnerable communities gets polio vaccine. He said this while inaugurating a three- day polio vaccination campaign in the province [...]

15 01, 2016

WHO Executive Board calls for urgent measures to address antimicrobial resistance


Addressing at the WHO Executive Board meeting being held in Geneva from 25th to 30th January, Pakistan’s representative Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez called for urgent measures globally to address the issue of antimicrobial; resistance. “The issue of antimicrobial resistance is of grave concern particularly in developing countries and unless addressed proactively can have devastating results”, [...]