Five new polio cases reported across Pakistan

Total number of polio cases in the country rises to 99.


Web Desk July 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Five new polio cases were reported in different areas of the country, taking the total number of this year's cases to 99, Express News reported on Saturday.

One of the victims was identified as 21-month-old Hamza from Gadap Town, Karachi. His parents reportedly refused to give him polio drops during the campaign.

The other four victims are 24-month-old Jaul Haq from Miramshah, 18-month-old Mariam from North Waziristan, 18-month-old Fayyaz from South Waziristan and Maya from Lakki Marwat.

According to Express News reporter Razia Khan, the number of polio cases reported in the country is rising due to the relocation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. She further added that the provincial and federal governments will take steps for routine immunisation against the virus for IDPs.

COMMENTS (5)

Ya Lallah | 7 years ago | Reply

It's about time there is an international ban so our name doesn't get spoiled all the more. I have personally seen 6 polio infected children this yr in a Karachi hospital. These cases weren't even reported in the newspaper. Polio is spreading rapidly all over Pakistan there might be at least 4 to 5 thousand cases all over which are not reported all over Pakistan.

Ali S | 7 years ago | Reply

Why are parents given a 'choice' whether they want to give their child polio drops or not? Deliberately exposing your child to a crippling disease is child abuse, and those who do so should be penalized. And the IDPs from North Waziristan should be denied food rations if they refuse the polio vaccines - yes, it sounds drastic and unethical, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

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