PESHAWAR – One day polio campaign started in Peshawar on Sunday, more than 70,000 inoculate aged below five years, during campaign in the area.
More than 4000 polio teams have been formed for the drive on Sunday (today).
Strict security measures have been adopted for the drive against the virus. Section 144 has been imposed in the city whereas a ban has been placed on riding a motorcycle till 05:00 p.m.
It should be noted that Pakistan is amongst the only three countries of the world with polio virus alongwith Nigeria and Afghanistan.
Attack on polio teams and parents’ reluctance to immunize their children are one of the deadlocks in eradicating the virus from the country. on the other side three more cases of polio emerges in Pakistan.
The National Institute of Health Islamabad (NIH) confirmed that four of the new cases were reported from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), one from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and one from Balochistan.
The first two of the polio victims – a girl and boy, both eleven months old are from Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. The third case is from Wana tehsil of South Waziristan Agency. The fourth case is a 17-month-old female child from Baka Khel area of Frontier Region Bannu.
The fifth case is that of an 18-month-old male child from Nowshera in K-P while the sixth case was an an 18-month-old boy from the Killa Abdullah area of Chaman, Balochistan.
All the infected children had not received even a single dose of the polio vaccine. The virus invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours. There is no cure for the disease but it can be prevented by immunization.
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