PESHAWAR: Five more Polio cases detected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, confirmed the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication on Thursday. The officials added that all the cases have a zero-dose routine immunisation history, which means parents have refused to give their children polio drops.

“Blood serology shows that 90 per cent of the children with polio this year have had no polio drops,” said the NEOC official. Out of five of new cases, two cases were detected in Bannu, two in Torghar and one in North Waziristan tribal district of the province.

Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Babar Atta said in a statement said that a fake drama was created against polio vaccines in Peshawar which has fuelled parental refusals in far off areas of the country. Atta urged parents not to give in to false propaganda against the polio vaccine and vaccinate their children to protect them from poliovirus.

The total polio victims in the country are now 32 out of which 26 victim children are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Kamran Afridi, a member of polio eradication team said that until all children aren’t vaccinated against poliovirus, new cases will keep surfacing in the province. Afridi advised parents that the only solution against the crippling disease is polio drops, therefore, they shouldn’t give importance to negative propaganda and vaccinate children.

The National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication, during the launch of the campaign in Bannu division has said that they will not use force to make parents vaccinate their children but efforts will be made to persuade parents to know the importance of polio drops.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said his government is determined to eradicate polio from the province and is taking concrete steps in this regard. He warned that strict action would be taken against those health officers whose performance during the anti-polio campaign remained unsatisfactory.

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