LAHORE - Punjab’s second wild poliovirus (WPV1) case has been confirmed in Dera Ghazi Khan district, which raised tally in the country to 49. First case of Punjab was also detected from DG Khan.

“A male child from DG Khan’s Tehsil Taunsa Sharif and Union Council Mangrotha, aged 36 months, has been diagnosed with polio,” the Punjab polio programme confirmed on Saturday. The spokesperson of the Punjab’s polio programme confirmed the case and said the programme was in the process of verifying vaccination history of the child.

The child, who belongs to a poor household, has suffered paralysis of upper left limb, which was first detected on 04-05-2020. The child’s samples were taken on 09-05-2020 and 10-05-2020. The Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) and Routine Immunization (RI) doses are under investigation, while sequencing result is also under process.

With the detection of a new case in Punjab, total number of polio cases in the country has reached 49 in the current year. As many as 20 cases have been reported in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 17 in Sindh, and 10 in Balochistan.

A total of two polio cases were confirmed in Punjab among overall 54 cases in 2015; no case was reported in Punjab among a total of 20 cases in 2016; one case was confirmed in Punjab among overall 8 cases in the country in 2017; and none was reported in Punjab among 12 cases confirmed in the country in 2018. Currently, polio vaccination campaign is on a halt due to ongoing COVID19 situation in Pakistan.