Fresh polio case surfaces in KP, tally mounts to nine

Five more polio cases surface in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR: A polio case surfaced in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, taking the total number from crippling disease to nine in current year.
According to health department, a nine-month old Sadia daughter of Adbul Wahid from Dassu area of Kohistan was diagnosed with polio virus.
The latest case taking the total number of polio patients in the country has escalated to 17 in which nine people are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), two from FATA, five from Sindh while one case was reported in Balochistan.
Out of nine cases, from KP, six cases were from Bannu, two from Kohistan and Nowshera, Hangu, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan have one each.
Polio is a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours.
A $5.5 billion global eradication plan was launched in April with the aim of vaccinating 250 million childrenmultiple times each year to stop the virus finding new footholds, and stepping up surveillance in more than 70 countries.
It is now endemic in only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s polio cases are declining, with just 54 cases of polio virus reported last year, down more than 80 percent from 2014, when the country suffered a large spike in cases.
Efforts to eliminate polio in Pakistan have been complicated in recent years, as polio workers have faced attacks by militants who say the health teams are Western spies, or that the vaccines they administer are intended to sterilise children.
In January, a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people outside a polio eradication centre in the restive western city of Quetta, with two militant groups claiming responsibility.


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