Islamabad - The National Institute of Health (NIH) on Tuesday confirmed seven new wild type-1 polio cases from Peshawar and Khyber Agency.

The total number of cases has reached 227 during the current year.

Out of seven new cases four are from Khyber Agency, while one each is from FR Bannu, Charsada and Peshawar.

Out of total 227 cases, Federally Administered Tribal Area has reported 148, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 46, Sindh, 23, Punjab, 03, and Balochistan, 07.

Meanwhile, in a meeting the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus was briefed about the current situation of polio and immunisation in the country. The session was attended by more than 40 members of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus representing various political parties.

“As recommended by Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) on Polio, we are all set to introduce injectable polio vaccine next year,” expressed Saira Afzal Tarar while discussing various interventions of the government to improve the immunisation coverage in the country.

WPC Secretary General Shaista Pervaiz Malik during her remarks emphasised on the role women legislators can play in mobilising community for social change and urged the minister to increase the incentives of the frontline workers.

During a candid discussion session, women parliamentarians proposed a number of ways to engage community including intensive awareness campaigns, using radio for sharing public service messages, close coordination with district administration, puppet shows to engage children and primary caregivers. Concerns of the members were also answered by minister of state and prime minister’s focal person on polio.