Polio soared Alarmingly in NWA

Miranshah, 23 Aug: The lethal poliomyelitis, polio, has been detected increasing at an alarming rate in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan Agency, FRC learnt.

According to the Doctor Jan Mir Khan, the agency’s surgeon, 16 new cases of polio disease surfaced in the North Waziristan Agency during the last few weeks.

“It not only mounted the worries of the local tribesmen but also the health facilitators as, according to them, it might become epidemic if not halted at an earliest”, said the Dr. Khan.

According to Dr. Khan among the newly emerged polio cases, 9 are from village Eppy of tehsil Mirali, 4 from village Dandey Darpakhel of tehsil Miran Shah and 3 are from Hamzoni area.

All the affected are children under age of 5 years.

Dr Khan while clarifying about the hosts of the disease told FRC that mostly the victims have not been vaccinated throughout their life while some of them have got incomplete courses of vaccination.

“We are scared that the virus might spread to the neighboring areas of Bannu, D.I Khan, Tank, Kurram and Orakzai Agency”, Dr Khan added.

It is important to mention here that the local militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar had banned polio vaccination campaign on June 16, 2012 in response to the government’s ineligibility of hitting/ stopping drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency.

Similar nature of ban was imposed by Mullah Nazir Group in South Waziristan Agency which is still in place. It were these bans that prevented the health department from launching polio administering campaigns in both the agencies for the past 14 months.

The area people wishes to administer their children the vaccination properly but unfavorable circumstances debarred them from doing so. “I used to bring anti-polo vaccines from Bannu to my village in Miranshah and administered to my children but now I can’t do so due to the hostile environment”, said a local with the condition of anonymity.

The natives also revealed that even after the ban imposition on anti-polio drives in the area, vaccines were available in the Headquarters’ Hospital Miranshah and people obtained it individually for their children but now this option is no more actionable.

Local health officials and the North Waziristan Grand Jirga, along with the political administration, are negotiating with the area militants regarding the uplift of ban.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to paralysis, breathing problems, or even death. The term poliomyelitis is from the Greek poliós meaning “grey”, myelós referencing the spinal cord, and -itis meaning inflammation.

Polio can be classified as either symptomatic or asymptomatic. About 95% of all cases display no symptoms (asymptomatic polio), and between 4% and 8% of cases display symptoms (symptomatic polio).

Polio is caused by the poliovirus, a highly contagious virus specific to humans. The virus usually enters the environment in the feces of someone who is infected. In areas with poor sanitation, the virus easily spreads through the fecal-oral route, via contaminated water or food. In addition, direct contact with a person infected with the virus can cause polio.

There is no cure for polio once a person becomes infected. Therefore, treatments are focused on increasing comfort, managing symptoms, and preventing complications. This may include providing bed rest, antibiotics for additional infections, pain killers, ventilators to help breathing, physiotherapy and moderate exercise, and a proper diet.

By: Umar Daraz Wazir    

Drone strike kills 6 in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH: An unmanned aerial combat vehicle fired missiles near in North Waziristan killing at least six people on Sunday.
The attack took place in the Dargamandi area, seven kilometres north of Miranshah.
The area targeted by the drone is said to be the stronghold of Afghanistan's Haqqani network.
The Foreign Office strongly condemned the US drone strike. 
Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 
He said Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes. 
The spokesman said the government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. 
He said such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations. 
These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region, said the Foreign office spokesman in the statement. - Agencies

Baradar reaches Waziristan, starts peace talks with TTP

MIRANSHAH: Senior leader of Afghan Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reached North Waziristan Agency to facilitate negotiations between the government and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
According to a private TV channel, Mullah Baradar has started holding meetings with Afghan Taliban and senior leadership of the TTP. 
Baradar is attending the meetings of Taliban Shura and trying to convince all the groups on a single point agenda of holding negotiations with the government, the channel added. 
Pakistan on Saturday released Baradar to bolster peace talks in the war-torn country.
Meanwhile, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the first signal that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keeping his promise made in a meeting with Afghan President Karzai a month ago. - Agencies

3 more Polio cases received from NWA

Hissam Dawar

Miranshah/FP: three more cases of polio virus have been received from Eppi area of North Waziristan. According to the inhabitants of eppi village three more cases have been received from the said area and now polio virus widely spreading. Agency surgeon Dr Jahanmir khan said polio disease now became epidemic in N.waziristan and will affect the adjacent areas like bannu,D.I khan,tank,kuram agency and orakzai agency as well. Jahanmir said one P1 case affecting thousand more children and this virus is now widely spreading as the militants have baned polio campaign from june 2012. No polio campaign have been launched in North Waziristan from last fourteen months. Locals of the area said to FP on the condition of annonimity that they are worry for their children and want to vaccinate them but un able to vaccinate children against polio virus as the head of local militants Gul Bahadar baned polio in North Waziristan. It is to be mentioned here that from last week a total of 17 new cases reported in N.waziristan and apart from these new 17 cases more than a dozen were already reported from the last two years.



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