The polio virology laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad confirmed five new polio cases on Sunday – one each from Peshawar and Khyber Agency and three from North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
An official familiar with the matter said the number of type 1 polio cases reported in 2013 has reached 28 in NWA, 10 in Khyber Agency and two in Peshawar.
“Six-month-old Qurban Ali is a resident of Surezai Payyan, Peshawar and was not vaccinated against the disease,” he said.
Meanwhile, 18-month-old Farman had the onset of paralysis on August 30. He belongs to Zaka Khel tribe in Tirah valley, Khyber Agency.
The polio positive cases from NWA were 17-month-old Banila, 13-month-old Sabilla and seven-month-old Maria from to Razmak and Mir Ali areas of the agency.
“All these children could not be vaccinated because of the unofficial ban imposed in the agency on polio vaccine,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2013.