PESHAWAR: The Polio virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Saturday reported four more wild type-1 polio cases.
According to officials of the health department, four of them were denied polio vaccines.
The children diagnosed with poliovirus included, Janoor son of Gul Faraz Khan.
He is 28 months old male child and is the resident Shoi Khel of Miranshah subdivision in North Waziristan.
The second child is Tuba daughter of Rahimullah. She is four months old female child and is living at union council Tukhtabad, Deri Stop village, Jatti Payan in suburbs of Peshawar.
She could not get vaccine due to refusal by her parents. The polio teams had visited the house several times but like other people, the family expressed doubt over extra-ordinary interest and suspicious role of the foreign donors in polio campaign.
The third child diagnosed with polio is Abdur Rahman son of Sultan Sher. He is four months old male child and is living in union council in Mohib Banda of Mohammadzai village in Mardan district. He also could not receive polio vaccine due to refusal of his parents.
Thousands of residents in Mohib Banda in Mardan is considered as a major hurdle for the health department and highly-paid workers associated with foreign organisation to reach children there due to a local cleric, who has declared polio vaccines as un-Islamic.
The fourth child is Faridullah Shah son of Gul Sabir Shah. He is 10 months old male child and is the resident of union council Mitha Khel, Gerra Shah Jehan village in Bannu district. He also didn’t get vaccine due to refusal of his parents.
Bannu is considered as the biggest hot bed of polio refusals in the country as in some cases the number of families refusing polio drops in the Bannu district have exceeded the number of children missed due to other reasons.
The total number of polio cases reached 88 in Pakistan. Last year in June, 20 polio cases were reported. Ninety-three polio cases were reported last year.