Two new polio cases surface in KP

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Propaganda against polio, forces EPI to reschedules outreach vaccination programme for merged districts
Propaganda against polio, forces EPI to reschedules outreach vaccination programme for merged districts

PESHAWAR: The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad on Saturday notified two new polio cases from Lakki Marwat and district Bannu in Khyber Paktunkhwa, taking the total case count to 66 in the province in the current year so far.

According to the details, one wild polio virus has been isolated from stool sample of 3 months old female child of union council Beistkhel, Tehsil Sarai Naurang District Lakki Marwat and 10 months old male child resident of UC JaniKhel Tehsil Wazir, District Bannu.

The epidemiological study of the children shows that female child from Lakki Marwat was zero doses for essential immunization and her SIAs history is under investigation, while the male child had one doze of essential immunization and his SIAs history is under investigation.

Coordinator EOC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Basit said that the surfacing of new cases is a matter of grave concern to them. He said that it is unfortunate that the tally of polio cases has jumped to 66 in the province, with 18 cases from Lakki Marwat and 50 from Bannu division only.

He said that despite the availability of the vaccines to prevent children from the disease, the parents were not vaccinating their children, mainly due to misconceptions. He stated that the situation is of concern in southern districts of the province, especially in Bannu Division.

He said that the only viable solution of the problem is to vaccinate children in every campaign and the repeated doses can protect children from permanent disability.

Abdul Basit made an appeal to parents to not heed towards propagandas and rumours regarding vaccination, adding that polio vaccine is completely safe and do not cause any harm upon administration.

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