NIH confirms 3 more polio cases in KP as tally reaches 58

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National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad notified three more polio cases from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one each from Hangu, Bannu and North Waziristan, taking the total count of polio cases to 44 in KP and 58 in the country in the current year so far.

According to the details, one wild polio virus has been isolated from stool sample of 18 months old girl, resident of Mainij Khel UC Dallan, Tehsil Thal, District Hangu.

Likewise, two new polio cases have been notified from Bannu Division one each from Bannu district and North Waziristan.

The laboratory has confirmed polio virus in the 30 months old boy, resident of Dinor, Tehsil Miralai, District North Waziristan and 18 months female from Tehsil Wazir District Bannu.

All the children have a history of zero doze for essential immunization and are undernourishment.

In response to the reporting of new polio cases in the province, Coordinator EOC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Capt. (R). Kamran Ahmed Afridi said that virus is on fire in southern districts of the province specially in Bannu Division and is circulating in environment that can hit any unvaccinated or immune-compromised child.

He said that the only viable solution of the problem was to vaccinate the child in every campaign as only repeated doses can protect the child from permanent disability and stop virus circulation in the environment.

Kamran Afridi appealed to parent not to pay attention to propagandas and rumors adding that polio vaccine was completely safe and do not cause any harm upon administration.

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