The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad Laboratory confirmed two more polio cases in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata) on Tuesday.
According to the NIH, the first polio victim is a child named Sofia, who is the daughter of Kabul Khan. Sofia, a resident of Landau Warai village in Wocha Dana, Birmal tehsil, South Waziristan Agency, is only a year old.
Eighteen-month-old Munib Rehman is another victim of the virus. He is the son of Hafiz Rehman and lives in Datta Khel tehsil Miramshah, North Waziristan Agency.
An official of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) in Fata has also confirmed the cases. The official has informed that the victim children have not received doses of the vaccine. After these cases, the total number of polio cases in Pakistan has reached 110 in the first eight months of this year.
So far, 79 cases have been reported from Fata. Out of these cases, 59 were from North Waziristan, eight from South Waziristan, 10 from Khyber Agency and two from FR-Bannu.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th,2014.