Poliovirus has been detected in several provinces across seven cities in Pakistan, confirmed Federal authorities on August 2. The confirmation has reportedly been given after carrying out tests on environmental samples collected from various cities. Reportedly, some of the samples were collected from sewage streams. In 2022, Pakistan detected its first case of Polio on April 22, and now, the cases are expected to surge.
The Israeli Ministry of Health has detected the first polio case in a four-year-old child in Jerusalem since 1989. Reportedly, the child was not vaccinated as per routine vaccination done in Israel. However, the health administration is in constant contact with the child and his family. "The resurgence of the wild poliovirus in Malawi is cause for serious concern, said Rudolf Schwenk, head of UN children.
Afghanistan is reported to be facing economic hardships ever since the Taliban took over. Furthermore, agriculture and services sector declined due to drought and increasing insecurity. Also, over 1 million children faced malnutrition and some even starved to death. The people were subjected to outbreak of diseases like measles and polio. Report, over 2,000 hospitals and clinics were forced to close due to shortage of funds.
At least 12 children in Maharashtra's Yavatmal districts were given hand sanitizer instead of polio vaccine drops on January 31. Following the huge mishap, the children, all aged below 5, were rushed to a government hospital. However, their condition is stable and they have been put under medical observation. Meanwhile, Yavatmal District Zilla Parishad CEO Shrikrishna Panchal said three officials including a doctor, health worker, and ASHA… read-more
The Centre has postponed the three-day nationwide Pulse Polio immunization drive which was scheduled to begin on January 17. The deferment came ahead of the government's decision to begin mass COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16. Earlier on January 8, the national immunisation drive for polio was announced by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan citing that despite India eradicated Polio a decade ago, it avoids the active… read-more
Courtesy: The New Indian Express