ISLAMABAD - The National Institute of Health lab confirmed four new polio cases which also included the first polio case of the year in Punjab.
Total number of cases reached to 108 while only 29 cases were reported till August last year. The new cases have been reported from Chakwal, Peshawar, Karachi and North Waziristan Agency each.
A 35-month-old baby girl namely Noorul Huda from Tehsil Kalar Kahar, District Chakwal has been hit by the disease despite receiving anti-polio drops. The child might have been suffering from childhood immune deficiency that prevents the polio vaccine from working. This is, however, a rare case as over 95 percent cases during the current year were not immunised even once.
Umema, 10-month-old baby girl, resident of UC Pakha Ghulam, Ring Road Peshawar had also received more than 7 anti-polio doses, according to officials.
Muhammad Umair, a 66-month-old child resident North Karachi and Gul Panra, 17-month-old child from Tehsil Razmak, North Waziristan Agency are the other two victims who have been hit by polio virus.
This is not the first case as sporadic cases have been reported in Sanghar and Killa Abdullah, said World Health Organisation’s polio eradication programme head in Pakistan, Dr Elias Durry while talking about the case from Punjab.
“A campaign with an average of three hours’ work won’t cut it,” he said adding the two cases from Peshawar and Punjab are linked to the circulation in Karachi. It has become a major risk and amplifier after Waziristan due to low quality campaigns. Out of total 108 cases, 77 cases have been reported in Fata (NWA 58, SWA 7, Khyber 10, FR Bannu 2) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 19 (Peshawar 8, Bannu 9, Mardan 1, Laki Marwat 1) Sindh 10 (Baldia 1, Orangi 1, Gadap 4, Site 1, Landhi 1, Sanghar 1, North Karachi 1), Balochistan 1 (Killa Abdullah 1) and Punjab 1 (Chakwal 1).