Polio case surfaces in Bajaur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR— The infuriated polio virus has left two more children crippled for life as National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad on Wednesday notified a new polio case from Tehsil sarai Norang Lakki Marwat and Tehsil wazir District Bannu taking the total count of polio cases to 52 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the details, one wild polio virus has been isolated from stool sample of 18 months old girl, resident of village Zindhe Falak Sher, UC Takhti Khel, tehsil sarai Norgang, District lakki Marwat. The child was zero dose for essential immunization while her SIAs history in under investigation.

Likewise, virus has been isolated from 24 months old female of UC Takhti Khel, Tehsil Wazir, District Bannu. On the recall the child has received one doze of essential immunization while her status of polio vaccination is under investigation.

In response to the reporting of new polio cases in the province, Coordinator EOC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Baist said that virus is on fire in southern districts of the province specially in Bannu Division and is circulating in environment that can hit any unvaccinated or immune-compromised child.

He said that the only viable solution of the problem is to vaccinate the child in every campaign as only repeated doses can protect the child from permanent disability and stop virus circulation in the environment.

Abdul Basit appealed to parent not to pay attention to propagandas and rumors adding that polio vaccine was completely safe and do not cause any harm upon administration.

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