After Quetta, Lahore and Rawalpindi receive polio virus alert


WEB DESK – The polio virus threat for Pakistan seemed to be ending anytime soon as a day after UNICEF reported to find presence of Polio virus in Quetta, the Punjab’s health department had issued polio virus alert to eight districts including Lahore and Rawalpindi.

According to official communique, the Health Department declared eight districts of Punjab highly sensitive for polio.

The Health Department also directed the executive district officers of the identified districts to take special preventive measures for the eradication of the crippling disease.

The seven other districts are Lahre, Rawalpindi, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Mianwali, Multan, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh.

The health department is also going to launch anti-polio drive from April 14 during which over 4 million children will be administered drops.

Earlier, PakistanTribe reported that 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.

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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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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