POLIO

  • PM Nawaz Sharif vows to eradicate polio from Pakistan 17 hours 33 minutes ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday urged people to ensure that their children are given polio drops to make the country free of polio. At a function held at his residence here to mark the World Polio Day, Sharif administered polio vaccination drops to children and expressed commitment on...
  • World Polio Day - Saving a million lives 23 hours 42 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India will today celebrate its first World Polio Day after it completed three consecutive years without any reported polio case. It is indeed a landmark success for a country which reported an estimated 2 lakh cases before the launch of Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Even in...
  • Countries should remain vigilant against polio: WHO 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Despite the victory over polio, Southeast Asian countries should remain vigilant against the crippling virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Ahead of World Polio Day on October 24, WHO regional director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal-Singh said, "World Polio Day is a reminder of our monumental victory...
  • Pakistan accounts for 80 per cent of polio cases: WHO 1 week ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan, which accounts for nearly 80 per cent of polio cases globally, remains the "greatest single risk" to eradicating the crippling disease due to a ban imposed by militants on immunisation, the WHO has said. The World Health Organisation in its progress report held Pakistan responsible for failing to curb...
  • Parental opposition defeating antipolio efforts in Pakistan September 22, 2014

    Islamabad: A lot of Pakistani parents' reluctance to administer oral polio vaccine (OPV) to their children is plaguing the antipolio endeavour in the country, a media report here said Monday citing official statistics. According to official data, 149 of the total 166 polioaffected children recorded this year so far are of...
  • Pakistan: 1 killed in attack on polio team September 15, 2014

    Karachi: An official was killed on Monday when motorcycleborne armed men attacked a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, seriously hampering the drive to eradicate the crippling disease. A campaign official said that armed men opened fire at the team in Pishin's Karbala area and killed the levies official....
  • #YESIamThechange: A story of struggle and strength against all odds August 18, 2014

    Ramanlal Hiralal Firodia, a polio patient who fought all odds to achieve his goals. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan open to supporting antitobacco campaigns July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been long associated with campaigns for polio eradication in India, won't mind working on antitobacco projects too. The 'Bhoothnath Returns' star has been actively campaigning for polio eradication since 2002 and was appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on HIV/AIDS and polio...
  • Amitabh Bachchan happy with polio eradication from India July 20, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is the goodwill ambassador for polio UNICEF campaign, is happy that the disease is finally eradicated from India. The 69yearold was appointed as the ambassador in 2005 and has since fronted their polio eradication programme successfully. "Polio eradicated from India.. An 8 year campaign with the...
  • Oldfashioned polio jab better than drops? July 11, 2014

    London: Reintroducing a type of polio vaccine that became unpopular in the 1960s could hasten eradication of the crippling disease, according to a new study conducted in India. The study, by Imperial College London and the Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, suggests that the injected polio vaccine (IPV), which...
  • Government introduces 4 new vaccines in the Universal Immunisation Programme July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been a big boost to the public healthcare sector with India deciding to introduce four new vaccines as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme. Three new vaccines will be introduced for children. These include the indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine and those to combat Rubella and Polio....
  • India introduces four new vaccines in immunisation programme July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India introduced 4 new vaccines as part of the Universal Immunization Programme on Thursday. Three new vaccines were introduced for children to fight the menace of rotavirus and rubella. For adults, a vaccine to combat Japanese Encephalitis was introduced, especially in highpriority districts. Speaking on the new development, Prime...
  • Ensure 100 per cent immunization for encephalitis: Harsh Vardhan June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned about the large number of encephalitis deaths in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday asked officials to target 100 per cent immunization of children. The health minister said that the drive to eradicate encephalitis should replicate the Pulse Polio campaign. The minister's remarks came after the...
  • Pakistan: Polio vaccine a must for exit travellers May 14, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan will require all travellers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said on Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organisation advising travellers of all ages to be vaccinated by next...
  • Pakistan's failure to fight polio sparks global emergency response May 6, 2014

    Geneva: Pakistan's failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures on Monday, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before leaving the country. The emergency measures also apply to Syria and Cameroon, which along with Pakistan are seen as posing...
  • ACB books 16 medical department officials for fraud in Bundi March 29, 2014

    The ACB has booked 16 officials of Bundi district's Medical and Health department for embezzlement of over Rs 22 lakhs from National Rural Health Mission and Pulse Polio Control Programme funds. The 16 officials, including Chief Medical and Health Officer of the medical department, were booked on Friday following the verification...
  • WHO declares India polio-free March 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Completing three years without registering a single case of polio, the World Health Organisation on Thursday certified India as a country free of the deadly disease. WHO's declaration comes as a remarkable achievement for a nation that saw more than one lakh babies crippled every year. Until 2009, India...
  • Veer: Polio-afflicted Joginder Singh Saluja is champion power lifter March 21, 2014

    Aerated drink Thumbs Up has joined hands with its brand ambassador Salman's Being Human Foundation and CNN-IBN for the campaign, which has American India Foundation (AIF) as implementation partners. The initiative aims to reach out to PwDs with skill training and employment opportunities. It will also raise advocacy on issues...
  • US: Polio-like illness seen in up to 25 California children February 25, 2014

    San Francisco: A rare and mysterious polio-like illness may have afflicted up to 25 children in California, several of whom have suffered limb paralysis, and health experts were struggling to identify the cause of the ailment, medical researchers said on Monday. Since 2012, between 20 and 25 previously healthy children from...
  • Infant dies after being given polio drops, probe ordered February 23, 2014

    A six-month-old boy on Sunday died of suspected polio drop at Itunda village in Bhilwara district, a senior health official said. Quoting preliminary report, district Chief Medical Officer Mushtaq Khan said that Mohit Raigar first convulsed white bubbles immediately after taking suspected polio drop, and later he collapsed. Block Development Officer of...
  • WHO Director General on poliofree India February 12, 2014

    As India completes three years of being poliofree, World Health Organisation's Director General Margaret Chan tells CNNIBN as of what worked in India's favour. ...
  • Five policemen, child killed in Pakistan blast January 22, 2014

    Peshawar: At least five policemen and a child were killed in a bomb blast that targeted a security van in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to police, the blast occurred near a police mobile in Sardheri Bazar area of Charsadda that killed six persons. Six others including two policemen were...
  • India completes three years without any polio cases January 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The World Health Organisation is set to officialy declare India a polio free nation soon as no polio cases have been detected in the country for the past three years. India celebrates the third anniversary of being polio free on January 13, the most successful public health story of...
  • After polio eradication, Big B wants women's emancipation January 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for polio eradication, is proud that the country has rid itself of the virus. His next focus is emancipation of the girl child. He hopes to achieve similar results as he helped for polio. "As UN ambassador for Girl Child, I hope and pray...
  • LK Advani praises Harsh Vardhan for pulse polio campaign in Delhi November 29, 2013

    Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday heaped praise on his party's Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan for running a successful pulse polio campaign in 1994 when he was Health Minister of the state. In his latest blog posting, Advani lauds Vardhan's initiative in launching the pulse polio programme in...
  • Delhi polls: Meet the doctorturnedpoliticians of Congress, BJP, AAP November 15, 2013

    New Delhi: It is politics over health with both the BJP and the Congress fighting each other over credit for making the national capital polio free. This winter in the battle for Delhi, all three parties the Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and BJP are fielding high profile doctorsturnedpoliticians....
  • Harsh Vardhan writes to Bill Gates, lauds support for anti polio drive November 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi BJP's chief ministerial candidate, Harsh Vardhan who, as a minister in the 90s, had initiated the pulse polio programme in the city, on Monday thanked Microsoft founder Bill Gates for his support to the antipolio campaign. In a letter to Gates, Vardhan appreciated his lavish praise of India's...
  • Gujarat: Modi inaugurates Muslimrun hospital in Kheda November 10, 2013

    Kheda: In a bid to woo minorities, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a multispeciality hospital run by Muslims in Kheda in Gujarat. While addressing the people during the event, Modi asserted, "In last seven years we have not seen a single instance of...
  • Polio outbreak in northeast Syria risks spreading: WHO October 29, 2013

    Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday, and could spread inside and outside the country, where civil war has led to falling vaccination rates. The highly contagious crippling disease, transmitted via contaminated food and water, can spread rapidly among children...
  • Pakistan: 2 killed after a bomb explodes near polio vaccination team in Peshawar October 7, 2013

    A bomb that exploded near a polio vaccination team in the volatile northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday killed at least two people, and possibly as many as six, police said, the latest in a string of attacks against health workers. Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan,...