Via The News International, a report datelined Karachi: Year starts with new polio case in city. Actually, she's the last polio case of 2013, and was announced yesterday. But this report adds some details and context. Excerpt:
In an inauspicious start to the new year, the dreaded bane of polio reared it ugly head again in the city - the authorities said on Wednesday that a one-year-old girl in Gadap Town had been diagnosed with the disease.
Fatima, daughter of Mehmood Gul, is admitted to the Civil Hospital. She has been infected with the poliovirus type P1. She lives in Madina Colony, Union Council 5 of Gadap Town near New Sabzi Mandi, Super Highway.
“Technically, this is the sixth case that surfaced in Karachi in the year 2013,” Extended Immunization Programme Deputy Director Dr Durr-e-Naz told The News.
She said the child first showed the symptoms of the disease on December 13.
The child’s stool samples were submitted to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, which confirmed the presence of the virus in them to the provincial authorities on Tuesday night.
“The disease has paralysed child’s right leg.” Dr Naz said.
“The child’s parents are Pakhtun and they told us that they had the girl vaccinated a few times during anti-polio campaigns, but there isn’t an EPI card containing her vaccination record.”
Dr Naz said the latest case is the fourth one that surfaced in Gadap Town in 2013.
Overall, six cases were detected in the city, the two others in Bin Qasim and Baldia towns. Apart from the six cases in Karachi, a case was reported each in Dadu and Kashmore last year. Campaigns in 2013
With six polio cases detected in the city and vaccinators failing to achieve set targets due to grave security risks, the least effective of the nationwide polio campaigns conducted last year has been in Karachi.
Five separate campaigns, or National Immunisation Days (NID), were carried out in the city over the course of the year and while the decided duration of the campaigns was three days, it took over a month to cover some areas due to the volatile security situation.