Polio cripples another life in Pakistan

11:27 AM | 3 Dec, 2023
Polio cripples another life in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A nine-month-old infant in the Orakzai district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been diagnosed with poliovirus, marking the sixth case in Pakistan this year.

This diagnosis has dealt a blow to the government’s extensive efforts in eradicating polio, especially in KP, where the number of cases has risen this year, the latest case adding up to four.

Commenting on this new case in KP, Caretaker Health Minister Dr Nadeem Jan stated, “A nine-month-old from Orakzai district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been affected by poliovirus. This is the fourth case in KP and the sixth in Pakistan. Previously, three cases were reported in Bannu and two in Karachi,” he said.

Genetically, according to the minister, this case is closely linked (99.7%) with an environmental sample collected on September 26, 2023, from Lahore’s Multan Road, part of the 2023 imported cluster. This marks the first case from Orakzai district in nearly 12 years.

Meanwhile, the Regional Reference Laboratory for Polio Eradication at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed the detection of Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1) in 20 environmental (sewage) samples gathered in November 2023.

These positive environmental samples were found in various areas including Peshawar, three in Karachi East, two each in Quetta, Chaman, and Karachi Keamari, and one each in Pishin, Karachi Central, Karachi South, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Bannu, and Kohat.

These new findings bring the total count of positive environmental (sewage) samples in Pakistan for 2023 to 84.

Health authorities in Islamabad expressed concern over the performance of polio eradication authorities following the spread of the virus, suggesting a revision of the eradication strategy due to shortcomings in the current approach by program officials.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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