Via Dawn.com: Another girl falls prey to polio within a month. Excerpt:
KARACHI: Sindh recorded another case of polio — second of the year — in the past one month, again in a 22-month-old girl belonging to an Afghan family settled in the western fringes of the city, officials confirmed on Saturday.
“We have received confirmation from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad and the World Health Organisation about the poliovirus detected in a 22-month-old girl,” said a health department official overseeing polio issues in Orangi Town.
He identified the girl as Jameela, daughter of Gul Noor, an Afghan refugee and labourer settled in Karachi.
He said the girl’s stool samples had been sent to the NIH early this month and the result confirmed wild poliovirus in the victim.
The good news, however, he gave was that the effect of the virus was ‘much milder’ and could be treated successfully.
“The girl had been inoculated with polio boosters for more than 10 times, which is why it is surprising for us to see her detected with poliovirus,” said another official.
He said it could be lower immunity in the girl which allowed the virus to attack her.
“But the thing which concerns us the more is that wild poliovirus is in the area which has to be eradicated,” said the official.
Dr Shafiq Ahmed, town health officer of Orangi, said he had seen the girl and he could confirm that she had largely evaded the lethality of the disease.
“She is lucky because of her family’s positive response to our polio teams for more than 10 times, which saved her from a lifelong disability,” he said.