Two new polio cases found in Pakistan

Last Updated: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 20:27
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 Islamabad: Two new cases of crippling polio virus have been reported in Pakistan's troubled northwestern region, bringing the total number of victims detected this year to 104, a health official said on Saturday.

One of the victims is an year-old baby from Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

"She has not been administered the oral polio vaccine (OPV) because of her mother's unwillingness," said a local health workers who refused to be named due to security reasons.

The second victim is from Khyber tribal region which borders Peshawar. She was also deprived of OPV because of her family's reluctance.

The people in traditional northwestern region avoid anti polio vaccine due to fear of Taliban who consider polio medicine as a conspiracy by the West to sterile Muslims.

With the new cases, the total number of polio victims have risen to 104 this year.

Pakistan has already been facing travelling restrictions due to threat of polio virus exportation.

The government has announced emergency measures to tackle the disease but so far it has failed to turn the tide, as evident by the record number of new cases.

Peshawar remains the hub of polio virus and the insurgency by Taliban have badly impacted the efforts to vaccinate the children.

Polio is an endemic in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  

PTI

First Published: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 20:27

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