No polio case detected in Sindh this year so far, caretaker CM told

01:38 PM | 12 Jun, 2018
No polio case detected in Sindh this year so far, caretaker CM told
KARACHI - The caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazal-ur-Rehman was informed that no polio case has been detected in the province of Sindh this year so far, however, Karachi and Qambar-Shahdadkot district have been rated as high-risk areas.

According to a statement issued after a review meeting of the performance of polio immunization programme, the CM Sindh was told that no polio case has been detected in Sindh as compared to last year when two polio cases were reported, from Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gadap -- both areas of Karachi.

In 2018 to date, Pakistan reported three cases (all from district Dukki of Balochistan), and Afghanistan eight cases; in Sindh, all six districts of Karachi are still classified as districts of highest risk.

The virus isolated from environmental sites (taken from sewage system), indicating ongoing virus transmission. ln Karachi, samples are taken from 11 sites every month.

The CM Sindh directed the Principal Secretary to call a meeting of the provincial task force on polio, on May 2, so that a strategy could be evolved to face the challenges.
The meeting was attended by Provincial Coordinator POCC Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Provincial Coordinator Emergency Operation Center (EOC) (Fayaz Jatoi and Aziz Memon of International Polio plus Committee Rotary International.

The CM Sindh was told that all polio activities are guided by the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) and the three tiers structure provides oversight and direction to the polio programme.

The CM Sindh said that the situation could not be termed as normal and all the stakeholders, partners and civil society have to work together to make Pakistan polio-free zone.

The Provincial Task Force led by Chief Minister and/or Chief Secretary meets quarterly and has a membership of secretaries, Health and Education, all Commissioners, LEAs, and provincial heads of partner agencies.

Globally, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining countries with polio.
In May only Machhar Colony Gadap came positive. In Northern Sindh, samples were taken from six sites and Kamber became positive.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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