Two new polio cases take 2013's total count to 85

Published: January 1, 2014
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A male infant in South Waziristan and a female infant in Karachi were diagnosed with the virus. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK

A male infant in South Waziristan and a female infant in Karachi were diagnosed with the virus. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK

KARACHI: With polio-virus strains in Pakistan landing the country in trouble having found its way to Syria and slapped with travel restrictions in India, two new wild type-1 cases of polio were confirmed on Wednesday, to bring the country’s 2013 total to 85, according to a World Health Organisation spokesperson.

The first case confirmed on Wednesday was that of a 13 month old male infant, Atif Ullah s/o Khan Sahib, a resident of area Shaktoi, village Aba Khel Mandau, South Waziristan agency. He never received the vaccination.

The second polio patient was Fatima d/o Mehmood Gul, a 12-month old girl from Madina Colony near Sabzi Mandi, UC-5 Gadap Town, Karachi.

The majority of polio cases in 2013 were reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA), which registered 60 patients. 31 of these were from North Waziristan where there is a virtual ban on vaccination. Two were confirmed from South Waziristan and the rest from other agencies.

Punjab had seven confirmed infections from the virus, Sindh registered eight confirmed cases while Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa had ten confirmed cases.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • lol
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:02AM

    naya pakistan :)

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  • Shakeel Baloch
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:28AM

    The government should take it seriously or else we will face international ban.

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  • John Lennon
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:32AM

    Travel ban from the international community will go a long way in waking up the government to fight the enemy in their territory where polio workers are shot.

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  • Sharif Shafeeq
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:35AM

    According to my begum who works as a nurse in government hospital everyday they hear of multiple cases in Karachi itself.

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  • Lala Gee
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:51AM

    Halal polio drops imported from Saudi Arabia with appropriate emblems is the best way forward, also distribution must be done by militants in those tribal areas. This way we can also ensure that no western elements play anything foul.

    Saudi Arabia/OIC just needs to repackage and bless the halal polio drops. We can co-ordinate with all the countries that will get affected because of Pakistan to help with funding, because like terrorism Pakistan is the biggest victim of american misuse of polio drops mechanism here.

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  • rasgullah
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:23AM

    @Lala Gee:
    Producing halal polio drops isn’t easy as producing halal chicken. So you are stuffed.

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  • rp
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:54PM

    whats halal polio vaccine?

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