ISLAMABAD: Five more children – three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two from Sindh – have tested positive for poliovirus, it has emerged on Sunday.
With the latest addition, the number of polio cases in the country has climbed to 58 this
Of the 58 cases this year, 44 belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone, whereas Sindh and Punjab shared five cases each and Balochistan reported four cases.
A single dose of vaccine, according to an official Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health , Islamabad. Three cases of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were reported from Bannu, Hangu and North Waziristan, while both cases were reported from Hyderabad.
Tally during the year surges to 58
Sharing details of the cases reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the official said: "Three girls were paralyzed in KP." They included an 1
Hyderabad, the official said one of the girls had missed polio vaccine during routine immunization. She was a resident of Quetta Town, Hala Nakka area. The other girl, a resident of Liaquat Colony area of Latifabad, had received three doses of polio vaccine during routine immunization, the official confirmed. The victims were identified as 12-month-old Maimoona and 12-year-old Umm Rubab.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was identified.
When contacted Prime Minister's Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta confirmed that five children were infected with the virus of crippling disease.
Just over two weeks ago, five polio cases had been confirmed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far this year, 44 cases have been reported from KP, five each from Punjab and Sindh four cases have been reported from Balochistan. Last year when the country recorded a total of 12 polio cases, eight of them were reported from KP.
A day before the resumption of a province-wide vaccination campaign after four months. Earlier during a nationwide polio campaign in April, students of a school at Mashokhel were rushed to the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, with complaints about drug reaction. However, initial sample indicated that a drama had been staged to spread propaganda against polio drives.
While some of the culprits were arrested and legal action was taken against them, resistance to polio vaccination has since then.
Nearly two cases have been reported from Bannu district, followed by North Waziristan and Torghar where at least eight and five cases have been detected, respectively. Lakki Marwat and Hangu have witnessed two cases each year, while Shangla, Charsadda, and Bajaur and Khyber districts have each received a case.
In the endemic areas, too, the government is struggling to counter the new challenge of fake amid reluctance shown against vaccination.
The first outbreak was witnessed in November 2018. The first outbreak was witnessed in Bajaur in November that lasted till January. The second outbreak initially recorded in March in Bannu's division is still the focus of attention.
In Torghar, the district administration wants spearhead the campaign under tight security because the vaccinators are gripped by fear in the areas known as opposition to vaccination. However, the child has been diagnosed with polio drops.
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by virus of five. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from the crippling disease. Each time a child ages below five years is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased. Repeated immunizations have been granted millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries except Pakistan and Afghanistan to become polio free.
Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2019