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Two more polio cases surface in Sindh

KARACHI: Two new polio cases from Sindh were confirmed by the province’s emergency operation centre (EOC) for polio on Friday, taking the cases toll to 19 in 2019. An EOC Sindh spokesperson said the polio virus was found in Sukkur in a seven-year-old girl who had weakness in her right …

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Countrywide anti-polio campaign kicks-off

ISLAMABAD: A countrywide anti-polio campaign today (Monday) kicked-off under tight security measures, ARY News reported. During a five-day campaign in Punjab 19 million children under the age of five years will be administered anti-polio vaccine. In Sindh over 2.3 million children while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan over six point …

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Climate change hits health, yet funds lacking: WHO

The UN agency, in a report issued a day after a climate summit began in Madrid, urged governments to meet ambitious targets to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions saying it could save a million lives a year through lower air pollution alone. “Health is paying the price of the climate crisis. …

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PTI govt working on plan to upgrade tribal health centres

PESHAWAR: The provincial and federal governments are working to upgrade the health facilities in the newly merged tribal districts (NMTDs) to improve the delivery of healthcare services at their doorsteps. This was stated by K-P Health Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan on Friday while inaugurating new equipment installed in the …

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Two of three polio viruses eradicated in ‘historic’ step: WHO

LONDON: The World Health Organisation welcomed an “historic step” toward a polio-free world on Thursday as an expert panel certified that the second of three types of the crippling virus has been eradicated globally. The announcement by the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication means that only wild …

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Five new polio cases in KP; tally reaches 53 in year 2019

PESHAWAR: Five new polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were confirmed on Tuesday, taking the tally for the year 2019 to 53 so far. The five new victims, including two girls, belonged to Bannu, North Waziristan and Charsadda, with the youngest of them only 22 months old. A four-day anti-polio campaign …

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Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday said it has finalized a decision to cover expensive cancer cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences and Novartis. CMS, which runs Medicare – the federal government’s health plan for Americans 65 and older – said it will cover the …

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Rain forecast: Emergency declared in public hospitals across Sindh

KARACHI: The Sindh health department on Wednesday declared emergency in public hospitals across the province as meteorological department had forecast downpour in the province from Wednesday to Monday. According to a notification, Sindh DG health cancelled vacations of all the employees and directed them to resume their duties at their …

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Six more infants fall prey to malnutrition in Tharparkar

THARPARKAR: At least six more children died on Tuesday at the Civil Hospital Mithi, Tharparkar, due to malnutrition and other diseases. According to the district administration, the total number of deaths has reached 513 owing to malnutrition from January till date. On the other hand, the patients are facing difficulties …

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