PESHAWAR— At least three more polio cases were reported from Lakki Marwat, southern district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, taking total tally of the polio affected children to 64 in the province this year.
Officials associated with the country’s polio eradication programme confirmed three new case in Lakki Marwat district of Bannu Division where 41 out of 64 cases of polio were detected.
According to Emergency Operations Center Khyber stool Sample of the affected children were sent to National Institute of Health where wild polio virus was isolated from the stool samples of 32 months boy of UC Bakhmal Ahmadzai, 2 months boy of UC Mashamanso and 2-month boy of UC Daratang in District Lakki Marwat.
According to parents all the affected children were zero dose for essential immunization.
Coordinator EOC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Basit said any child left unvaccinated is a risk to all the children in the surrounding. Every parent/caregiver need to understand the fact that by deciding not to vaccinate their children not only puts their children at risk of getting paralysed but also the other children in their surroundings.
He said billions of doses of OPV polio vaccine has been administered to children globally which has helped in eradication of polio virus therefore don’t allow yourself to lure into believing in propagandas.
Parents/Caregivers must realize that the instant they say no to vaccination is the very moment they decided not to protect their children and other in the surrounding from lifelong paralyzed.
He reminded to parents/caregivers that we all are connected and everyone in community has a role to play so everyone must do their part.
Coordinator EOC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa appealed to parents/caregiver to cooperate with polio workers and ensure administration of anti-polio vaccine and essential immunization to your children. Because vaccinating every child with OPV is the only way to end transmission of virus and eradicate polio in Pakistan.
So far in 2019, 86 cases have been reported out of which 64 are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight times higher than last years.