Fresh case confirmed: Polio count spikes at 83

Fewer than 20 cases reported during the same period last year.


Our Correspondent June 18, 2014
Fewer than 20 cases reported during the same period last year. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR:


The National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad confirmed on Tuesday the country’s 83rd polio case of the current year.


According to the institute, five-month-old Hazrat Ali, son of Sher Nawab, is the latest victim of the crippling disease. He hails from Kaza Mada Khel village of Datta Khel in Miramshah, North Waziristan. Ali had not received a single dose of the polio vaccine.



This takes the total number of cases in the year to a staggering 83, of which 65 have been reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). In Khyber-Paktunkhwa, 12 cases have been reported while six have surfaced from Sindh. During the same period last year there were fewer than 20 reported cases.

The wild type-1 polio case is the 54th from North Waziristan Agency where the Taliban have imposed a ban on vaccination.

A health official said all children diagnosed with the virus had not received a single dose of the oral polio vaccine as a result.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2014.

COMMENTS (7)

sharabi | 7 years ago | Reply

@Yasir R But i care for my Pakistani brothers & regularly visits this site to know that in which conditions are they living, Despite poverty, Bomb blasts, Target killings, Polio are they ok? And the last to know what they have gained by creating a separate Nation for Muslims. We Indian Muslims feels sorry for them. You dont care but we do.

M S Qazi | 7 years ago | Reply

I am in Malaysia for a visit. Every possible crime is here but the media is silent do everything looks ok. In Pakistan there is nothing but the media, under some influence, is shouting, so it seems everything is there. I request my media to he realistic, nothing else.

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