QUETTA - Another 18-month-old female child fell victim to polio virus in Balochistan's Killa Abdullah district on Thursday. With this case, the number of polio cases in the province has risen to 11.

Sources in the province's Health Department said that the polio virus was found in an 18-month-old female child in Killa Abdullah.

This new case surfaced just a day after an anti-polio campaign was concluded in Quetta and 10 other districts of the province.

A polio vaccination campaign was launched amid tight security in 11 districts of Balochistan earlier this week. During the campaign, over 238,000 children below the age of five will be administered polio vaccine.

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Malik Baloch had taken serious notice of increasing polio cases in the country's largest province and directed all elected members to stay in their constituencies during the campaign.

The districts where the campaign was launched included Quetta, Killa Saifullah, Killa Abdullah, Sherani, Zhob, Pishin, Loralai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad and Lasbela.

Moreover, five polio cases have been reported so far from Killa Abdullah, five from Quetta and one from Balochistan's Zhob district this year.

Balochistan remained polio free for more than two years. However, first polio case was found in July from Killa Abdullah district.