Global polio watchdog terms 2019 as ‘horrible year’ for Pakistan

PESHAWAR — At least five more polio cases were surfaced in two different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa talking the total numbers of polio affected to 31 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 37 in the whole country during current calendar year. Even the figures now over double compare to previous calendar year that were only 18 throughout the country.

The health officials termed it due to what they called persistent misconception and parents’ refusal to vaccinate their children.

According to a notification of National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad issued today five new polio cases have been confirmed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of which three polio cases are confirmed from district Bannu and two from district Torghar. The details reveal that wild polio viruses have been isolated from stool sample of 2 Months boy resident of UC Sardikhel, Tehsil SD Wazir in District Bannu, 8 months boy of UC Lewan, Tehsil & District Bannu and 27 months boy of UC Nasirkhel, Tehsil SD Wazir in District Bannu. Likewise, virus has been isolated from the stool sample of 46 months girl and 16 months boy of Gaeito village, UC Harnail, in District Torghar.

The officially issued statement is claiming that all the children hit by polio virus were zero dose for the essential immunization.

The high ups assigned the task to eradicate polio of its roots are claiming mustering support of religious circles but some of the leading and popular religious leaders are reluctant to do so. A leading Religious scholar has suggested the government to address reservations of the parents.


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