Polio virus: Pakistan faces yet another setback

Polio virus: Pakistan faces yet another setback

*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan faces yet another set back on the polio virus front as t**wo new cases of polio were reported by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication from Bajaur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday. *

*This brings the number of cases recorded in the country this year to eight. *

“The identification of new cases is yet another reminder that long as polio virus exists anywhere in the country, no child is safe from being infected,” said Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication.

According to the NEOC, the virus detected from sewage samples in Bajaur during the last few months managed to infect a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.

The polio virus was isolated from stool samples of both children who presented symptoms of facial palsy and slight weakness, as multiple doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) had boosted their immunity.