Polio virus found in environmental sample from Karachi

11:36 AM | 9 Jun, 2023
Polio virus found in environmental sample from Karachi
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KARACHI – The National Operations Centre for Polio Eradication has confirmed that poliovirus was identified in a sample of the environment obtained from Gadap Town of Sindh capital.

The sample, which was taken on May 15, proved positive, making it the first time this year that this has happened.

The detection of the poliovirus in the environmental sample has caused the health officials to get concerned.

Dr. Shahzad Asif Baig voiced his worries and emphasised the urgency of taking urgent measures to stop the virus's spread.

The discovery of the positive environmental sample serves as a reminder that the virus still poses a serious threat to public health even though Pakistan has only recorded one case of polio so far this year.

The southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts have had the most success in keeping the poliovirus confined.

However, the most recent positive sample in Karachi highlights the necessity of ongoing surveillance and focused actions throughout the nation. Especially noteworthy are other reports of favourable environmental trends in places like Lahore, Hangu, Peshawar, DI Khan, and Upper South Waziristan.

Ten areas were sampled for environmental factors across Pakistan, and it was discovered that the virus was present in six of them and had its origins in nearby Afghanistan.

Poliovirus remnants from Bannu were discovered in four different places.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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