QUETTA – Two more polio cases have been confirmed in Nasirabad District and Killa Abdullah District in Balochistan on Thursday mounting the count to 19 in the province.
Surfacing of polio cases despite province’s tall claims has led to the announcement of initiation of anti-polio campaign on emergency basis in both districts.
At least 5 polio cases emerged in Quetta in addition to one case each in Killa Abdullah, Zob, Khizdar and Nasirabad District whereas Killa Abdullah witnessed 10 polio cases, which is the most in the province.
The total number of polio cases reported this year has risen to 268. It should be noted that Pakistan is one of the only three countries in the world with polio infections.
WHO and concerned anti-polio officials are active in eradicating the virus from the country whereas special immunization drives are also held on regular basis.
The country has also been slapped with travel restrictions due to the virus and the citizens have to travel with polio-free certificates to other countries.
However, attacks on polio teams and reluctance of parents to immunize their children are one of the major hurdles in eradicating the disease.
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