Via The News International: Second polio case detected in Peshawar.
PESHAWAR: In a major development, the health department currently involved in conducting the ongoing ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ immunisation drive suffered another blow after a second new polio case was diagnosed in Peshawar besides three more polio cases from the volatile North Waziristan Agency in a single day.
With these four new polio cases, the total number of polio cases in the country during the current year reached 21. According to the exclusive information made available to The News by highly placed sources of the provincial health department, stool samples of a 18 months old child were collected from Qazi Khel village in Peshawar upon the identification of health department officers that were visiting houses door to door to deliver polio vaccines and dengue awareness pamphlets under ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ drive in Peshawar.
“The name of the child is Shakirullah son of Zabiullah and he is an 18 months old. The child is the resident of Qazi Khel village in Khalisa union council No-2,” said an official of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).
Pleading anonymity, he said the new case is one of the four polio cases detected in a single day in the country and has dealt a serious blow to the national polio eradication programme as last year the total number of polio cases reported during the same corresponding period were only three.
“It is a very bad news for polio eradication if a country starts reporting frequent polio cases during the low transmission season, Pakistan reporting frequent cases during the low transmission season is an alarm bell for the PM Polio Cell,” he noted.
According to details of the three other cases reported on Friday from North Waziristan, Khairmadullah son of Zabiullah, 18 months, resident of Miranshah, Sudis son of Seelan, 19 months, Miranshah, whereas the third case, that also belongs to Miranshah is a female child of 18 months and her name is Fatima daughter of Saifullah.
The government and its health department has not been able to reach children in North Waziristan for the past years due to ban on polio campaign by local Taliban as a protest over US drone strikes there.