Via Zee News, a Dawn report: Pakistan's first polio case of 2015 reported from Balochistan. Excerpt:
Islamabad: The New Year started on an unhappy note for Pakistan with the first polio case of 2015 reported Thursday from Balochistan`s Chaghi district.
Sources from the Balochistan health department told Dawn that the crippling virus was found in two-year-old Shafi Muhammad from the Barabcha area that lies close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
"At this point in time, we cannot say whether the parents had refused polio drops," sources said.
A total of 22 polio cases were reported from Balochistan in 2014 - most of them in Quetta, Killa Abdullah and Pishin districts of the province.
Polio teams have been facing tough resistance from extremists in the those districts.
In view of increasing polio cases, the provincial government has already declared emergency to eradicate the crippling virus in Balochistan.
The health department had launched a special campaign in high-risk districts, including Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah and other areas to ensure provision of polio drops to children below the age of five years.
Security has been tightened during polio campaigns in the aftermath of the cold-blooded murder of four polio workers in Quetta Nov 26, 2014.
The year 2014 was the darkest year for the Pakistan polio programme, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 296 -- the highest number of cases reported in the country since 1998.