Via Dawn.com: Sindh’s eighth polio case of 2013 confirmed.
KARACHI: The turn of the new calendar year did not end the miseries of the city’s children who continue to be at the risk of the crippling polio disease with the eighth case of 2013 in Sindh only to be confirmed by the authorities in 2014.
The 13-month-old girl was the sixth child from Karachi and fourth from its least covered Gadap neighbourhood, which has been offering greater resistance to polio teams, particularly during the past two years.
Officials in the expanded programme on immunisation (EPI) of Sindh said they had received the reports of the stool samples of Fatima, daughter of Mehmood Gul, a Pakhtun labourer and resident of Medina Colony near Power House, New Sabzi Mandi of UC-5 of Gadap town, from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad confirming detection of the virus in the victim.
“We had sent her stool samples to the NIH on Dec 13 when she had been admitted to the Civil Hospital Karachi and on Wednesday the virus has been confirmed in the child,” said Dr Durre Naz Jamal, deputy chief of the EPI, Sindh.
Officials in the health department admitted that frequent polio cases in the province had shocked them.
“We had four cases till the mid of November, but in the space of less than two months four more cases — three in Karachi and another in Kashmore — have been detected, which should be taken as highly alarming,” an official told Dawn.
The officials said MNA Azra Fazal Pechuho, a sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari who chairs a supervisory committee on polio in Sindh, had already taken ‘serious notice’ of the spreading of the disease and called for effective measures to keep children safe in 2014.