ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: The daughter of an Afghan national in Karachi and the grandson of a South Waziristan resident known for his strong opposition to the polio vaccine are the latest victims of the deadly virus, he appeared on Sunday.
Both children are about to see their first birthday. Adding to these cases – one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh – this year the total number of victims of crippling disease has reached 62, the highest level since 2015.
In 2018, 12 cases were recorded, with only eight children registered were tested positive for the virus in 2017.
For the latest case, KP, an employee of the National Pollution Institute for Poliomyelitis (NIH), Islamabad, who requested anonymity, said, "It was a clear case of refusal."
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"The child's grandfather was against the polio vaccine," the employee explained, adding that his father was a worker in Dubai.
Tally breaks a five-year record with 62 victims
Regarding the latest Sindh case report, an official said an eight-month-old girl was found infected with the virus in the Orang Karachi area.
'The child whose father is a citizen of Afghanistan is a resident of Sector F-11, UC-1, Orangi City, Karachi West Region. The baby was fine before developing a high-grade fever, followed by weakness in both lower limbs, on August 20. According to her mother, they took her to Dr. Mohammed Yar at the Schoeb Medical Center, where she received her medication. The doctor notified the child of polio on Aug. 24, but since the incubation time of the virus was nearly three weeks, it was finally confirmed that the child was paralyzed by the polio virus, "he added.
the polio emergency center in Sindh said the child had a routine dose of polio. He said they were investigating how she received doses during polio campaigns. He said the child was low-immune; " vaccination of oral polio vaccine. " Another employee said the child's EMI card containing details of vaccinations revealed he had an outstanding Penta-II vaccine, said the child had no travel history, and said his father had an Afghan national ID card , has been living in Karachi for years.
Of the 62 cases of polio reported in the current year, 46 were detected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Six were detected in Sindh, while Belokistan and Punjab reported five cases each .
According to the World Health Organization (TAG) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on polio eradication, the CP is a major barrier to efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. He called the situation caused by the parallel structure of polio in the Crisis Province
According to the recommendations of the Advisory Group, a copy of which is available at Dawn, the CP was cited as the main reason for the increase in polio cases. in the country. The Peer Review Body stated: "The CCP's Emergency Response Center is not aligned with the federal EOC because the roles and responsibilities of the KP EOC are unclear." failed to identify roles and responsibilities with "two simultaneous but different strategic approaches used with long-range plans".
As the CP shares the brunt of the total number of cases reported during the year in the country, the Advisory Group acknowledges that the merger of Fata with the CP and false finger markings are major challenges, but it is noted that communication strategies used by the KP polio program "are not fit for purpose". There are only two countries in the world, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where polio cases are still reported. Pakistan remains below the polio restriction on travel imposed by the WHO, so as of 2014, every person traveling on board must carry a polio vaccination certificate.
Posted at dawn, September 9, 2019