Via The News International: Polio strikes for the fourth time in city this year. Excerpt:
The efforts to rid the country of polio suffered yet another blow on Tuesday with the provincial authorities confirming that a four-month-old girl in Baldia Town has been diagnosed positive for the disease – the fourth case in Karachi this year.
A stool sample Amina, daughter of Bismillah, who lives in Union Council 7 of Baldia Town, was sent to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad which detected the presence of the poliovirus P-1 type.
She is the sixth polio case reported in the province this year.
“Amina’s both legs are paralysed,” said Dr Masood Solongi, a senior official of the provincial health department.
“She was neither vaccinated for polio at birth, nor during the immunisation campaigns that are carried out six times in a year.”
Dr Solangi said two cases had surfaced each in Baldia Town and Gadap Town in 2013.
The province’s fifth case was that of a 10-month-old girl in Kashmore.
In Karachi, a one-year-old boy in Gadap Town was diagnosed with polio last month.
Overall, far 72 polio cases have been reported across the country this year.
15,000 kids not covered
From 10,000 to 15,000 children below the age of five are yet to be vaccinated against polio mostly in those areas of the city where health workers are facing a law and order situation.
Dr Durr-e-Naz, provincial director of the Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI), told The News on Tuesday that the polio eradication campaign was still being carried out in a few areas of Karachi, while it had already been completed in the interior of Sindh.
She said the drive was continuing in Union Council 4 (UC) of Gadap Town, UC 9 Hijrat Colony in Saddar Town, UCs 6 and 7 of Lyari Town, UC 3 in Orangi Town and in some union councils of Baldia Town.
She said vaccinators had been facing security issues in those areas, and a campaign was launched there on Monday only after the desired level of security had been ensured.
Dr Naz hoped that the campaign would be completed on Thursday.