Authorities confirmed on Wednesday about the first two polio cases of the new year 2020. The new cases were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
According to Emergency Centre for Polio in Sindh, a seven-month-old girl from Sindh’s Tando Allahyar district got affected by the polio virus on January 7th. Her parents said, she had received three doses of polio vaccine during the polio campaigns and routine immunization.
EOC Sindh’s spokesperson said the long gap in door-to-door campaigns in 2019 has created a large pool of vulnerable kids.
A case response drive for polio took place in Sindh from 13 to 20 January, and the National Immunization Day will be held on 17 February. A second one is planned for April.
In Balochistan the victim was a Qilla Abdullah girl aged 18 months. She had been given three doses of the vaccine against polio. Her family used to live previously in Okara, Punjab, according to health authorities.
The latest figures show that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 93 cases of polio Sindh 24, Balochistan 12 and Punjab eight, including cases from last year.
“The current risk to our children is very real and while it is our job to deliver these vaccines at the doorstep, caregivers must also step up and protect their children through vaccinations,” said the National EOC.
Last year, 136 polio cases were reported across the country.