Breaking its own record: 8 new polio cases push Pakistan's total to 202

Published: October 3, 2014
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The national polio counts soars to 202.   PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

The national polio counts soars to 202. PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

KARACHI: As eight more cases were confirmed by health officials on Friday, the total number of confirmed polio cases in Pakistan this year rose to 202, breaking its 14-year old record, Express News reported.

In 2000, Pakistan had reported 199 poliovirus cases. With Friday’s confirmations, the cases reported so far in 2014 have risen to 202.

Of the cases confirmed on Friday, the majority were from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata areas.

One case each has been confirmed from Mardan, Peshawar, Nowshehra and Tank in K-P. Cases were also reported from Khyber Agency and South Waziristan in Fata. One case was confirmed from Qasim Town in Karachi and one from Quetta.

Out of the 202 poliovirus cases confirmed in 2014, 135 have been reported from Fata, 40 from K-P, 19 from Sindh, six in Balochistan and two in Punjab.

Speaking to Express News, State Minister for Health Sarah Afzal Tarar said that the rise in figures was a cause of concern but it was expected as majority of the cases were being confirmed from areas where immunisation drives have not been carried out since 2012.

“The poliovirus is largely being circulated in security-comprised areas,” she said.

Tarar requested Fata administration, as well as the K-P government make their vaccination camapaigns as effective as possible so that those children who have been left out, can be vaccinated.

She urged that efforts should concentrate on high-risk areas and vaccination teams be provided with adequate security.

“Out of the 5,500 union councils (UC), over 400 of them are classified as high-risk,” she said.

Tarrar, who is also the prime minister’s focal person on polio, added that it was unfortunate that Pakistan was the only country where people were against immunisation.

“We asked the provincial government to take extra measures during campaigns, impose a curfew, ban pillion riding, etc. It’s something we have to do.”

She said it was up to the provincial governments to implement immunisation programmes, since the federal government could only provide them with vaccines, operational cost, etc.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Khalid
    Oct 3, 2014 - 11:30PM

    Well done PTI and PML-N. State has abandoned FATA and PTI busy in PR with ‘Sehat ka Insaf’, re-branding existing EPI program as their own, while cases in Peshawar more than last year’s total and total cases in KPK are reaching 4 times last year’s total of 11. EPI program works if politicians are interested in experts doing their job, not re-branding it under their political banner or spreading false ‘WHO has given Peshawar a polio free certificate’ news. Countries don’t run on PR.

    Punjab has gone down to 2 from 7 cases last year while other provinces saw increase in polio cases. Good governance in Punjab clearly visible.

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  • Zain
    Oct 3, 2014 - 11:33PM

    54,000 parents refused vaccination in KPK during this week’s nationwide immunization drive. 16,000 children refused vaccination in Peshawar alone. Can KPK government go out on EPI drives instead of attending dharnas and jalsas?

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  • Animal Farm
    Oct 4, 2014 - 12:05AM

    The Day when one of these Talibani leader’s kids get affected,then truckload of vaccination will appear overnight……

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  • pervaiz
    Oct 4, 2014 - 12:49AM

    PTI is no on success to get PM resignation but succeeded to destroy kpk by these polio cases. Mubarik ho mubarik ho

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  • Gullu..
    Oct 4, 2014 - 1:21AM

    Outstanding achievement..! Not easy to break its own record.. Congrats to all ignorant people helped to spread polio virus…

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  • Ali
    Oct 4, 2014 - 1:28AM

    Time to leave Pak..

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  • Malik
    Oct 4, 2014 - 1:30AM

    So Sad.. Nation going back to stone age..

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  • Jalal
    Oct 4, 2014 - 1:31AM

    A #KPKUpdate that PTI can be proud of. Well done.

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  • Raj - USA
    Oct 4, 2014 - 1:34AM

    It is so sad to see that some parents can be so cruel to their own children.

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  • Maria
    Oct 4, 2014 - 3:14AM

    @Khalid: The real plan of PTI has been exposed. Don’t pay bills, damage public buildings, attack police and damage the country – whatever it takes for Imran Khan to seize power. He couldn’t do anything in KPK so it was easier for him to start protests to seize power the other way.

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  • Pacifica
    Oct 4, 2014 - 9:01AM

    The real tragedy is these hundreds of innocent children blighted for life by this preventable disease.

    The whole world has eradicated this disease. Wake up. For your children’s sake, act now.

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