WHO extends travel restrictions on 'polio-hit' Pakistan for another three months

11:22 AM | 3 Jan, 2024
WHO extends travel restrictions on 'polio-hit' Pakistan for another three months
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan remains among only two countries with positive cases of poliovirus, and several environmental samples came out positive last year, prompting World Health Organization (WHO) to extend travel restrictions on the South Asian nation for another three months.

In its fresh advisory, the WHO Emergency Committee on Polio said Pakistan and Afghanistan still hold polio threats. It expressed concerns about four new cases of wild poliovirus in 2023, bringing the tally to six. 

Besides the cases, at least 82 positive samples were identified in 2023, particularly between September and November 2023. 

The affected areas were Quetta, Karachi, and regions in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. Despite efforts to vaccinate more and more children in KP, resistence persisted, including political instability, insecurity requiring security for workers, and vaccination refusals in exchange for alternative services.

In light of current stats, WHO extended travel advisory for 3 months. 

Meanwhile, the ongoing transmission in eastern Afghanistan was also highlighted as a concern.

WHO advises individuals traveling to polio-affected areas to be fully vaccinated. 

Polio is a highly infectious and debilitating disease that is usually spread through contaminated water or food. Invading the nervous system, the disease can cause total paralysis within hours.

The contagious virus thrived in the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan where militants attacked and even killed anti-polio teams.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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