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Pakistan: Killers of martyred cop in polio attack arrested: KP police chief | The Nation.

[12:04 PM | January 13, 2021]

The killers of the policeman performing duty for the polio team in Karak have been arrested, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General of Police Dr Sanaullah Abbasi confirmed.

A day earlier, unidentified motorcyclists opened fire and martyred a policeman deployed for the security of a polio team in KP's Karak Tuesday.

Moreover, the police said an anti-polio team was vaccinating children in the area when they were attacked. The polio immunization drive had been stopped after the attack.

According to the sources, the martyred police constable was identified as Junaidullah, a resident of Mianki. Junaidullah belonged to the Frontier Reserve Police.

He said the DIG had been contacted regarding the attack in Karak, and the case had been successfully traced.

KP will soon become a polio-free province, the KP IGP vowed, adding that all required security arrangements have been made to conduct the week-long anti-polio campaign in a peaceful manner in the whole province.

'Law and order better after Fata merged with KP'

The law and order situation improved following the merger of former Federally Administered Tribal Areas with KP, the IG said.

He called the merger a "major achievement" in a media talk at the Peshawar Press Club, The News reported Wednesday.

Furthermore, he listed the elimination of terrorism and narcotics and the merger of  erstwhile Fata with KP as some of the major challenges.

But said the security situation is now "much better".

The KP police chief said the reforms process had been initiated in police on a fast-track basis under which powers were delegated to the station house officers. 

“We believe in delivery to the people, and steps have been taken to ensure their protection and safety,” the IG said.

The top cop also said that more than 854 police personnel had been suspended while Rs20 million had been given as a reward to the police. He made it clear that if anyone made a mistake, they will be punished accordingly.

'Police empowered in tribal regions'

Dr Abbasi further said the police had been empowered in tribal regions, adding that several measures have been taken to invest in abilities of police officials of the Levies and Khassadar forces.


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Pakistan: Policeman killed in attack on polio team | DAWN.

[January 13, 2021] Nasir Iqbal writes:

KARAK: A polio vaccination team came under attack in the Latamber area of Karak district on Tuesday, resulting in the death of a police constable while the health workers remained unhurt.

Police sources said that Constable Junaidullah Khan was on security duty with the polio vaccination team when attackers opened fire on them. As a result, Junaid­ullah was killed on the spot.

The attack came on the second day of a five-day national immunisation drive.

The attackers escaped while taking away the official gun of the constable, sources said.

Police and personnel of Rescue 1122 shifted the body of Junaidullah to hospital for post-mortem. An FIR about the incident was registered at Latamber police station against unidentified assailants.

On contact, Karak District Police Officer Irfanullah said that the assailants had not been identified yet.

Funeral prayer for Junaidullah was offered at the Karak Police Lines and attended by officials and locals. Later, his body was shifted to his native Mianki Banda village for burial.


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Pakistan: A Polio Survivor Fighting Crippling Virus In Quetta | Quetta Voice.

[Jan 13, 2021]

A polio survivor fighting back crippling virus in QuettaSiddiqullah Reki Baloch during anti polio campaign in the Western outskirts of Quetta: Photo Quetta Voice

Syed Muhammad Yaseen :

Under the prevailing chilly weather, Siddiqullah Reki battles the crippling virus in Quetta’s western outskirts. Trying to catch his breath after every step, he appeared to be committed to eradicating the poliovirus from the province and country.

Being a polio survivor, Mr. Reki knows the difficulties of disabled people in society. “I can feel the pain of polio survivors”, Mr. Reki who had contracted the virus in 1988 said. In every anti-polio campaign, I make efforts to administer polio drops to every child under the age of five years, he mentioned.

Balochistan reported 26 cases of poliovirus during 2020.

Balochistan reported 26 cases of the poliovirus during 2020. Most of the cases reported from Quetta, Killa Abdullah, and Pishin districts of Balochistan. As we narrate the story of Siddiqullah Reki, the year 2021’s first anti-polio campaign is underway in all 33 districts of Balochistan.

Siddiqullah is loved by neighbors and the entire village because of his commitment to eradicating the crippling virus. He lives in a mud-walled house located in one of the poor western neighborhoods of Quetta. The area houses people belonging to a lower-middle-class.

Despite all odds, he is part of the anti-polio campaign for last more than five years to eradicate the crippling virus from the country. “Disability has not stopped me from my contribution to society”, Mr. Reki said. He however appeals that his salary should be increased from Rs. 3,800. “We are part of the campaign at the cost of our lives”, he observed.

YouTube Video: A Polio Survivor fighting back crippling virus in Quetta [2:12]: https://youtu.be/ucp3gH3ucO0

Villagers praise him for his contribution. 

The villagers all praised him for his contribution to promoting education and other social activities. “Siddiqullah has God-gifted skills”, Muhammad Alam, an elder of the village remarked.

“Had my parents been aware of my disability in 1988 they would have provided polio drops to me”, he said as his voice cracks. He termed refusals on the part of parents as the main reason behind an increasing number of polio cases in Balochistan. “Parents must think about the lives of their children”, he stated.

Like Siddiqullah, there is no dearth of committed polio workers battling the crippling virus at the cost of their lives in Balochistan, Pakistan’s areawise the biggest province.


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Physical activity and quality of life predictors among university students with polio in India: A cross-sectional study | Journal of Clinical and Translational Research | PubMed Central.

[Open Access] [Published online 2020 Aug 29]

Abstract.

Background:

Quality of life (QoL) assessments measure the overall well-being of a person. Available data suggest an estimated 10-20 million polio survivors worldwide. Few studies have investigated the physical activity and the QoL of these patients in India.

Aim:

The present cross-sectional study attempted to measure the physical activity and QoL of polio survivors and to evaluate the relationship between physical activity and QoL, among other factors.

Methods:

The study was conducted in 96 students (64 women and 32 men with a mean age of 22.1±3.7 years). QoL, physical activity, fatigue, and pain were measured by the World Health Organization QoL measure – abbreviated version (WHOQOL-BREF), physical activity scale for individuals with physical disabilities (PASIPD), multidimensional fatigue symptom inventory-short form (MFSI-SF), and numerical rating scale.

Results:

The mean metabolic equivalent score was 27.10 h/day. Low mean scores were observed for the physical health, psychological well-being, social relationships, and environmental domains of QoL (25.2±3.3, 21.8±3.0, 12.0±1.8, and 23.0±4.3, respectively). There was a weak negative association between physical activity levels and the physical health domain of QoL (P<0.05), whereas no associations were identified between physical activity levels and other QoL domains (P>0.05). Regression analysis identified female gender, fatigue, and physical activity as predictors of the physical health domain, and female gender, number of sites affected, and assistive devices used as predictors of the psychological health domain of QoL.

Conclusions:

Low physical activity levels and QoL were noted among students with poliomyelitis in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Relevance for patients:

Considering the inverse relationship between physical activity and QoL, physical activities should be modified or protected in polio survivors. Female polio survivors may be referred to psychological counseling to learn coping strategies, even during periods of relative stability.

PubMed Central copy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7790500/

Journal of Clinical and Translational Research copy: https://www.jctres.com/en/06.202003.001/


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Podcast and Video: TWiV 705: Rocky Mountain COVID with Emily Travanty | This Week in Virology.

[Broadcast January 10, 2021; Recorded January 08, 2021]

TWiV 705: Rocky Mountain COVID with Emily Travanty

Emily Travanty from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment joins TWiV to discuss how her laboratory was the first in the US to detect the SARS-CoV-2 variant VOC 202012/01.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Emily Travanty

Watch 'virtual roundtable'; discussion on YouTube video [1:51:48]: https://youtu.be/yYIDr9mwfAQ

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