Peshawar: With four new polio cases from Lakki Marwat and Tank districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial tally of cases have mounted to 79 in the current year so far while the national count jumped to 111.
As per details, wild polioviruses have been isolated from a stool sample of 4 months, 21 months and 30 months old male children from tehsil Sarai Naurang, district Lakki Marwat and 24 months old boy from Tehsil Tank of district Tank.
The National Institute of Health Islamabad (NIH) has confirmed all four cases as polio confirmed cases. All the affected children have a history of zero doses for routine immunization and no Inactivated Polio Vaccination (IPV).
In his comments on new polio cases in the province, Coordinator EOC Abdul Basit, who is currently on campaign monitoring visit to Bannu, Lakki and North Waziristan, has said that four new children have been paralyzed for life due to refusal.
He said that virus was on fire in the province specifically in the southern belt and is present in the environment that is hitting unvaccinated or immune-comprised children.
Despite the fact that vaccine is available to prevent children from the disease, yet parents were not vaccinating their children due to misconceptions and were responsible for the disability of the children, he added.
He said that the only viable solution of the problem is to vaccinate children under five in every campaign as only repeated dose can protect the child from permanent disability and stop virus circulation in the environment.
Abdul Basit appealed to parent not to pay attention to propagandas and rumours adding that polio vaccine was completely safe and do not cause any harm upon administration.