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Pakistan: Rs8.8m compensation approved for families of two Swabi LHWs killed in anti-polio campaign | The News International.

[February 13, 2020] [Bureau Report]

PESHAWAR: On the recommendations of the local administration and Health Department Swabi, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Department has sanctioned Rs8.8 million compensation to the families of the two Lady Health Workers (LHWs) who were martyred during the polio vaccination campaign.

These grant consists of Rs.6.6 million cash money and Rs.2.2 million in lieu of piece of land. The slain LHWs, Shakeela Naz and Ghuncha Sartaj, were serving in BS-5. The Swabi Health Department had requested the provincial government for the grant of the compensation, which was approved by the Finance Department. The families of the two martyrs would be given the compensation amount after fulfilling legal formalities. The legal heirs of each of the martyrs will be paid Rs3.3 million as cash compensation and Rs1.1 million in lieu of the plot. Both the LHWs were martyred while administering polio drops to children in Swabi.

New member of services tribunal named.

In exercise of powers conferred under Section 3(4) of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Service Tribunal Act 1974, the governor, in consultation with chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, has appointed Mian Muhammad (PCS SG BS-20) special secretary LG&RD

Department, as member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Services Tribunal at Peshawar in his own pay and scale. The appointment has been made for a period of three years or till attaining the age of 60 years, or whichever is earlier, says an official statement. Consequent upon the above, Ahmad Hassan Khan (PCS SG BS-21), member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Services Tribunal, has been transferred and posted as chairman Provincial Inspection Team, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, against the vacant post.

WSSP holds session before starting operations in more areas.

The Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) on Wednesday held an awareness session in Chamkani.

The government has decided to expand services of the WSSP to 23 more union councils to ensure provision of clean drinking water, sanitation and waste disposal services. During the session, locals complained of insanitary conditions and lack of access to clean drinking water. They also complained of poor civic practices where the waste generated from houses is usually dumped in streets, causing drain blockage.

They called for civic services to the localities. The WSSP officials said waste containers and waste collecting machinery would be allocated for Chamkani.


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Pakistan: District Health Authority Rawalpindi Seeks Security For Polio Teams | UrduPoint.

[12th February 2020] Fahad Shabbir writes:

RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Feb, 2020 ) :The District Health Authority (DHA) Wednesday requested the district administration to make necessary security arrangements for anti-polio drive being started from February 17 to 21.

Incharge Anti-polio drive Chaudary Muhammad Hussain told APP that DHA has written a letter to district administration to provide security personnel for conducting the drive in a successful manner.

He said that the polio workers had faced some problems during the previous campaigns in the areas.

Hussain said that 1309 polio teams, 236 zonal supervisors, and 627 area incharges would administer polio drops to more than 855,131 children less than five years in the district.

"The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved, adding teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children were registered," he said.

Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Capt (Retd) Anwar Ul Haq has directed the concerned officials to ensure strict security measures during the drive.

"People should avoid negative hearsays regarding polio drops because the drops of polio vaccine could save children from lifetime disability," the DC said.

He ordered the officials to keep a keen eye on high-risk areas and directed health officials to make sure that all children were administrated anti-polio drops.

Anwar said that Polio is a national issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country Polio free.


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Pakistan: Registration of two schools suspended over non-cooperation in anti-polio drive | ARY News.

[Feb 12, 2020]

KARACHI: The director private schools on Wednesday suspended registration of two private schools in Karachi over non-cooperation during anti-polio drive, ARY News reported.

The action was taken after it was revealed that private schools in Karachi are not cooperating in anti-polio campaign underway in the city with joint collaboration of the health and education departments.

The DG private schools said notices were served to forty other schools over non-cooperation with the anti-polio vaccination teams.

Meanwhile, the officer-bearers of the All Sindh Private Schools and Colleges Association have shunned the impression of non-cooperation during anti-polio campaign.

All schools are extending their support to the teams during this campaign to eliminate the crippling disease of polio.

Read more: Another polio case emerges in Sindh, tally jumps to three in 2020

Polio vaccination drive is currently underway in Karachi. The drive will that kicked-off from February 10 will continue till 16th of this month.

The drive is underway in all six districts of Karachi and is targeting children less than five years of age.

According to the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme website, 144 cases of wild polio virus (WPV) reported in Pakistan in 2019. In comparison, only 12 and eight cases had emerged in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Meanwhile, seven cases of WPV reported across the country so far in 2020.


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UK: Retired factory worker who struggles to walk left insulted by GP's 'rude' letter | Daily Mirror.

[12 FEB 2020]


Colleen Willey, 67, says the caliper intended to help her walk is causing 'horrendous' pain (Image: BPM Media)

Conor Gogarty writes:

A retired factory worker in agony with polio says a "rude" letter from her GP claimed she "does not listen".

Colleen Willey, 67, was insulted by the recent communication from Orchard Medical Centre in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire.

It said: "There may not be a solution that you want" and "I also feel that you do not listen".

Bristol Live reports Mrs Willey has also complained to bosses at the city's Southmead Hospital after doctors fitted her a caliper to help her walk.

The pensioner believes the device is a "terrible" fit.

"They have treated me badly and I feel I have been written off," she said.

"Even someone with no knowledge of these things would say my caliper doesn’t fit. It’s really brought me down and I can’t do anything.

"I can’t go out by myself. I am perfectly capable of doing so with the right equipment and I just want to get on with my life, but this one thing is stopping me."

Mrs Willey contracted polio aged three in 1956 at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She had been receiving treatment for an unrelated blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which means she needs regular transfusions.

Her husband Pete Willey, 59, said: "She was at the hospital when a young boy came into the ward with the virus, and the whole ward caught it."

The infection paralysed her right leg and she had to wear an iron boot in order to walk.

When Mrs Willey was 16, she was fitted with a caliper which Mr Willey described as being "her Cinderella slipper".

He said: "They used a plaster cast for this caliper as part of a new trial in Stoke-on-Trent [Staffordshire] and she came away with an absolutely brilliant fit.

"She couldn’t believe what happened. It enabled her to walk and it was a lot more comfortable.

"By the age of 20 to 21, it was too small as Colleen had got a bit taller. Even now, she still has the caliper and the alignment is brilliant, but it’s just too small.

"Over the years she has had around 20 other calipers, but none of them have fit her as well."

Mr Willey continued: "The expertise is disappearing. People don’t get polio anymore and it feels like those who have it are being forgotten."

Mrs Willey, of Kingswood, added: "It's not that they took more time casting it when I was 16. It's just that the quality was far better."

Her calipers consist of a plastic mould and two steel rods on either side, with clips which allow her to bend her leg when she sits and straighten it to walk.

Mr Willey said: "She’s had a couple that have snapped at the knee because the alignment was so wrong.

"Colleen has been to various specialists across the country over the last few decades, but over the last three or four years she has got her calipers done at Southmead Hospital.

"The first one they did was laughable. They cast her while she was stood up, with her leg swinging about.

"It’s so important the leg is held in the correct position when cast. You could tell in a million years it wasn’t going to be right."

The caliper only lasted 12 months before it became so uncomfortable Mrs Willey needed a replacement.

Mr Willey said: “When they replaced it with her current one, they cast her while she was lying down.

"It was a slight improvement on the previous one, but it still was not aligned correctly.

"It throws her into awful positions when she’s walking, and gives her chronic back and neck pain.

"The caliper’s so tight that when she takes it off at night, her leg is marked and it’s created sores."

The couple were upset by a letter they received in October from the Orchard Medical Centre.

In the letter, the GP writes: “You continually do not get satisfaction which I have expressed regret about, but what I have also been trying to raise with you is that there may not be a solution that you want.

"I know this is difficult to hear, but I have taken the opportunity to write to you on this occasion as I also feel that you do not listen and do not hear what people are telling you about this."

Mr Willey said: "Colleen had been to the GP for help, saying how this was affecting her life, but she got a rude letter which suggested she is expecting too much."

The couple sent a letter of complaint in response to the GP’s "very disappointing" message, but say they have not received a response despite waiting more than a month.

Mr Willey added: “Colleen’s very, very down about this. She’s more or less housebound, and she’s in horrendous pain.

"It’s not safe for her to go out on her own because her caliper’s so dodgy.

"If she could get a correct fit as she did when she was 16, it would transform her life completely.

"Her dream is to get her independence back, to potter about and go places, to have her life back."

Mr Willey said he and his wife are "disgusted" with the NHS' service and may take legal action.

An NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG spokesman gave a statement on behalf of Orchard Medical Centre.

He said: "We are always concerned when people have a poor experience of healthcare services and will work with all providers to ensure we respond to patients’ complaints appropriately.

"We would encourage anyone with a concern or complaint to speak to our customer services team, who can work with local healthcare organisations and will be happy to help."

And a Southmead Hospital spokesman said: "Our highly specialist orthotics and rehabilitation teams work intensively with patients over many years to give them the best possible quality of life.

"Sadly the debilitating effects of Polio can worsen through life, requiring different approaches and types of equipment, and it’s not always possible to give patients the outcome they want.

"We’re very sorry to hear how Mrs Willey is feeling and while we cannot talk publicly about her individual circumstances we would be very happy to discuss these again with her directly."

Mrs Willey denies that her mobility has significantly worsened and believes she is capable of walking well with the right equipment.

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Infographic: West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (4 - 10 February 2020) | UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

[12 Feb 2020] [Published on 12 Feb 2020]

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

PERSISTING TENSIONS AND POPULATION MOVEMENTS.

Following an outbreak of violence between armed elements from 25 to 26 January, an estimated 12,000 IDPs have been registered in the neighborhoods of Gobolo, Ndrou and Bria Hospital, in eastern Haute-Kotto prefecture. Inter-communal tensions remain high and fear stricken IDPs travel back home during the day and return to temporary IDP sites in the evening. According to findings from an interagency assessment mission carried out by UN agencies and NGOs, their priority needs include food, healthcare and WASH services. Humanitarian partners are mobilizing resources to respond to the humanitarian needs.

MALNUTRITION REMAINS HIGH.

Malnutrition remains high across the country, according to the 2019 SMART survey. While the prevalence of acute malnutrition has decreased from 7.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, chronic malnutrition has not improved over the past twenty years. UNICEF recommends a strengthened multisectoral approach integrating food security, improved access to healthcare, water and sanitation and cash-based interventions, to address chronic malnutrition. Further coordination between humanitarian and development actors in the nutrition sector is also required.

DR CONGO.

POLIO VACCINATION TARGETS OVER 790,000 CHILDREN.

On 5 February, a polio vaccination campaign targeting more than 615,000 children under five was launched in Kasai Central Province. More than 177,000 others are to be vaccinated in neighbouring Kasai Province. This immunization response follows the discovery of polio derived from a vaccine strain. DR Congo was declared polio-free a few years ago but cases of vaccine-derived infections continue to be detected.

NIGERIA.

NEW DISPLACEMENTS IN BORNO.

Escalating armed attacks, clashes between the military and armed groups, and poor living conditions due to lack of access to assistance forced more than 2,000 people to flee their homes between 27 January and 2 February, according to IOM’s latest Emergency Tracking Matrix. Most of the new displacements were recorded in Konduga, Askira-Uba, Gwoza and Dikwa LGAs in Borno. Limited resources, stretched capacities and access constraints hamper the delivery of aid. Regular attacks on civilians and humanitarian actors have contributed to an increasingly unstable environment. Previously accessible locations, such as Nganzai, Magumeri and Guzamala LGAs, are now cut off due to intensified attacks and clashes. It is currently impossible to reach an estimated 1.2 million people in need, depriving them of life-saving humanitarian assistance and services.

NIGER.

FIVE KILLED IN ARMED RAID.

On 6 February, armed individuals killed five civilians including a teacher in the villages of Molia and Sangara in the western Tillabéri region. The assailants also reportedly broke into the schools of Margamarga and Sangara, but the teachers fled for safety. This incident is the first of its kind, resulting in the death of a teacher in Tillabéri region. School attendance has suffered from attacks and threats by armed groups operating in the area since January 2016. As of 10 January, 111 schools remain closed due to insecurity in the region, according to UNICEF.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (3 February – 9 February 2020) | UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs via ReliefWeb.

[12 Feb 2020]

[Published on 09 Feb 2020 —View Original]

Northeast: Over 3,000 people received humanitarian assistance.

Reports surfaced of an airstrike impacting a school and a clinic in the Baghi Shirkat area of Kunduz province during last week’s fighting between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG).

Since 3 February, an unknown respiratory illness killed 14 children in five villages in the Ushnugan area (Yamgan district, Badakhshan province).

Last week, 3,535 people affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces. Moreover, 455 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by conflict were assessed and will receive assistance in the coming days in Baghlan province.

East: Fighting displaced 6,400 people in Nangahar and Laghman.

Approximately, 5,600 people were displaced during fighting between the ANSF and an NSAG in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province and 800 people were displaced in Alishang and Alingar districts in Laghman province. Interagency teams will be deployed in the field to assess the humanitarian needs of displaced people.

On 9 February, 15 health facilities reopened in five districts (Khogyani, Surkh Rod, Lalpur, Muhmand Dara, Achin) in Nangarhar province. The health facilities have been closed since 13 January depriving 217,806 people of basic health services. However, several other health facilities in the region remain closed impacting tens of thousands of people in need of healthcare. Negotiations are ongoing to reopen the facilities. From 1 to 27 January, 275 health care facilities have been affected by conflict resulting in 208 facilities closed and 33 facilities damaged or destroyed. During the same time period 34 health care facilities were reopened across the country.

Last week, interagency assessment teams identified 1,750 IDPs who will receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days across the eastern part of the country. 23,002 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces.

6,273 returnees, IDPs and people from host communities were reached with emergency outpatient health services. This week, a total of 5,448 children were vaccinated for polio and measles. 58 people (21 women and 37 children) from Achin district who have been displaced to Jalalabad city, Nangarhar province continued to receive life-saving humanitarian assistance.

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Ghana: GHS to undertake week-long polio vaccination catch-up campaign in Ho | News Ghana.

[Feb 11, 2020] [Ghana News Agency]

The Ho Municipal Health Directorate is to embark on a week-long Inactivated Polio Vaccination (IPV) campaign in the Municipality, beginning Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

A letter signed by Miss Victoria Kpelly, Acting Municipal Director of Health Services, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the National Immunisation Days (NIDs) of the vaccine formed part of strategies aimed at eradicating the polio disease.

She said the catch-up campaign would shield more than two million children unvaccinated against the type two polio virus, which remained a “highly infectious” disease.

“Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that cripples children and even kills them. The Inactivated Polio Vaccine catch-up campaign is necessary to protect the over two million children who do not have protection against type 2 polio virus and also increase the population’s immunity against polio”, Miss Kpelly said.

During the immunisation days, vaccination teams would be available in the communities, notably at health facilities and weighing centres, to inoculate children 21 months to four years old.

Vaccination teams would also be present at schools and commercial centres including markets and lorry stations to serve the vaccine.

“The inactivated polio vaccine is safe, free and will be given on the left upper arm of all eligible children by trained nurses”, she said.

The exercise is in collaboration with the Ho Municipal Assembly and expected to end on Tuesday, February 25, with calls on parents, guardians and the public to take advantage of the campaign.


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UNICEF Venezuela Humanitarian Situation Report (December 2019) | UN Children's Fund via ReliefWeb.

[12 Feb 2020] [Published on 31 Dec 2019]

Highlights.

  • In 2019, UNICEF provided 4.9 million doses of bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV) for a polio campaign that reached 95 per cent coverage. 6.7 million doses of tetanusdiphtheria (Td) were procured, and 2.3 million doses of MMR were administered for diphtheria and measles outbreaks. UNICEF supplied an additional 2.6 million doses of BCG, MMR, bOPV, IPV, Td and yellow fever for the regular immunization program benefitting over 2 million children.

  • UNICEF collected and established a nutrition information data base of approximately 100,000 children under five and pregnant and lactating women in 16 states. Within this group, data suggests an average Global Acute Malnutrition of 6.3 per cent among children under five, which is informing UNICEF programming.

  • UNICEF provided access to safe water to more than 815,000 people. In addition, more than 900,000 people - through the national deworming campaign in schools- accessed essential information on hygiene, water treatment and storage at household level, while receiving hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

  • UNICEF reached over 248,000 children with educational learning materials, including materials in indigenous languages for Yanomami children and Warao adolescents. 5,796 teachers were provided with materials to support teaching and 7,693 children from 29 public schools in Miranda participated in a pilot school feeding program.

  • Over 29,000 children participated in psychosocial support activities in communities, and more than 83,000 adults and children were involved in prevention of violence and family separation awareness activities.

Situation in Numbers.

3,200,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA August 2019)

7,000,000 people in need (OCHA August 2019)

4,769,000 Migrants and refugees from Venezuela worldwide (Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform, January 2020)

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