Polio Alert in Pakistan: UN agency confirmed Polio virus in Quetta


WEB DESK – Another blow to Pakistan’s anti-polio drive came when UN’s agency UNICEF confirmed the presence of Polio virus in provincial capital of militancy hit Balochistan.

According to the statements, the UNICEF Balochistan’s official Dr Jawahir Habib confirmed that lab tests of samples taken from sewerage system drains and other water bodies indicated the presence of polio virus in Quetta.

“Yes, polio virus has been detected in sewerage system drains and nullahs in Quetta and children were at a high risk who were not administered anti-polio drops,” she said.

She said that it was also detected that polio virus was shifting from Afghanistan and Karachi to Quetta. “Although, no polio case was reported in Balochistan since last two years, but, still Quetta, Qila Abdullah, Pishin and some other districts were at high polio risk due to cross border entrance from Afghanistan,” Dr. Jawahir said.

The anti-polio organizations like WHO, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been supporting Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments to eradicate polio in country. However, there is something not right. PakistanTribe had reported stories where anti-polio programmes like Sehat Ka Insaf have been marred with corruption allegations not from the opposition but also from the internal sources of political party which was running the campaign. PakistanTribe also reported several stories where anti-polio workers were either attacked, abducted or killed.

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