Pakistan`s Supreme Court has ordered an investigation after a female prisoner serving a sentence for murder claimed her daughter had contracted polio in the jail, officials said on Wednesday.
A five-year-old child has been detected with polio in Pakistan`s Sindh province, making him the ninth confirmed case this year in the area, officials said.
Crediting former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for eradication of polio in the country, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said thanks to the national pulse polio programme no case of the crippling disease had been reported in the last three years.
In a case of serious laxity, 114 children were hospitalised near Kolkata, after they were mistakenly given Hepatitis B vaccines instead of Pulse Polio drops.
To make the country polio-free, the central government has asked all the border states to step up their vaccination efforts to cover all the children entering the country.
Taliban factions in Pakistan`s northwest have banned polio vaccination campaigns over the past two years.
Over 7.6 million children in Pakistani province of Sindh will be targeted by over 21,000 polio vaccination teams.
Two members of a polio vaccination team were killed when their motorcycle hit a bomb in the restive Kurram tribal region of Pakistan.
Pakistani health officials have called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt.
Immunisations were halted in some parts of Pakistan and the UN suspended its field participation everywhere until better security was arranged for its workers.
Strongly condemning the attacks on anti-polio campaign workers in Pakistan, the US has said nothing justifies violence against health workers.
Three more health workers were killed on Wednesday in four incidents of firing on polio- eradication teams in Pakistan`s northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It turned out to be a false alarm when a case of suspected wild poliovirus was reported from Darbhanga district in Bihar today.
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf vowed to eradicate polio from the country.
Sherry Rehman said that Dr Shakil Afridi was charged and convicted for supporting and working with Lashkar-e-Islam.
Pakistan is one of just three countries where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.
The polio vaccination ban will adversely impact the already deteriorating health condition in North Waziristan.
But the task is proving to be tough in the troubled tribal areas.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative has launched an emergency plan after outbreaks of Polio was reported in many countries previously free of the disease.
Day in Pics: 28th January
Showbiz World - January 28, 2015
President Barack Obama's speech at Siri Fort auditorium