A case of wild type-1 polio surfaced in Khyber Agency on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases across the country to 210 this year.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad confirmed the latest case from Bara tehsil, Khyber Agency. The victim is an 11-month-old boy from Nowgazi area of Adeera village.
A FATA Expanded Programme on Immunisation official, requesting anonymity, said the child had never been vaccinated against the crippling virus. He added the adverse security situation in the tribal areas is the reason thousands of children remain unvaccinated.
The official further said a total of 46 polio cases had been reported this year from Khyber Agency alone.
Of the total 210 cases, 139 have been reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 43 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 19 from Sindh, six from Balochistan and three from Punjab.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2014.