Rights Watch | September 3rd 2020


40 million polio vaccinations planned

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan announced plans to coordinate with the provinces to formulate an efficient anti-polio strategy to address gaps in routine immunization during a meeting with the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) on Wednesday, September 2. He was further briefed on the suspension of the country’s planned vaccination drive due to COVID-19, and that a nationwide campaign will be launched on September 21 to vaccinate a targeted 40 million children with a force of 270,000 healthcare workers.

Following the suspension of routine immunization efforts in March, Pakistan resumed its first round of vaccinations in 169 high-risk union councils targeting 760,000 children in July and continued with a sub-national campaign in 130 districts targeting 31 million children in August.

Villages in Punjab, Sindh submerged

Villagers in Balkana, Makko Jamal, Mauza Rana Wahin and Syedpur in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, evacuate their homes over flood warnings, while villages in Rangpur become submerged in water as the Chenab River swells due to an unprecedented amount of rainfall this monsoon season. District authorities are now plugging breaches and monitoring water levels as around 160,000 cusec water flows down the river.

Meanwhile in Sindh, breaches in one saline and three freshwater channels inundated nearly 200 villages in Golarchi taluka in Badin, devastating crops, and damaging houses. Villages in Dighri taluka, Mirpurkhas district, remain submerged while flood-hit villagers in Johi taluka, Dadu, claim they have yet to receive aid from the government.

23 loose lives as rains lash KP

19 people in the Hazara division and four in Buner in the Malakand division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were killed in rain-related incidents on Wednesday, September 3. Landslides, falling debris, and collapsing roofs were attributed to most deaths, while others were swept away and drowned in torrential waters ripping through the region.