Another polio case detected in Bajaur

PESHAWAR: Day after a polio case surfaced in Laki Marwat, another case is reported from Bajaur district of the province where a 2.5-year-old boy was diagnosed with poliomyelitis on Friday.

The officials said that his samples were collected on December 26 and were sent to the national institute of health Islamabad for confirmation. The boy is identified as Mustafa, a resident of Shaikhan Kalay of tehsil Salarzai of Bajaur district, where the polio teams have visited for polio immunization, however, his father refused to administer the polio drops to his son.

“The father of the child has administered polio drops to his daughters, however, he has refused to administer the vaccines to his son,” said Babar Bin Atta, Focal Person to Prime Minister on Polio Eradication, on Twitter. The official added that the child has also not received anti-polio vaccines.

With the surface of the new case, the total number of polio cases in the province in 2018 has reached five while across the country the total number of polio victim children has now reached to ten.

In Laki Marwat, a 16-month-old girl was found contracted the polio virus, the healthcare officials have confirmed. The case was reported from Marmundu Azam area of District Lakki Marwat. According to an official of the Polio Emergency Operation Centre, samples were collected from the infant girl in December 2018, therefore the case has been added to the last year’s tally.

In November, two polio cases were also reported from the Bajaur tribal district. According to the details shared by the National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication, the virus was detected from sewerage samples in the district during the past few months managed to infect a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.

Despite difficult circumstances, Pakistan is hopeful to completely eradicate polio from the country in the year 2019. In 2014, a total of 306 polio cases were reported from across the country while in 2018, the number has been brought down to 10 cases, which is a marked improvement.