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Polio virus attacks 5 more children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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New polio cases

The National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) announced on Thursday that five new polio cases have been detected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a statement issued by the NEOC, the cases confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory had been found in Bannu, Torghar and North Waziristan districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The statement said 8 and 10 months old boys from district Bannu, 11-months-old girl from North Waziristan and 48 months old girl and 24-months old boy from District Torghar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Parents should vaccinate their children and avoid propaganda, said Prime Minister Focal Person on Polio Babar Bin Atta in his video statement. “It is high time that a massive perception change needs to be implemented on how people view the vaccination,” he added.

According to video statement, “Fortunately, children who are vaccinated against polio multiple times are able to fight the virus back. The more doses of the polio vaccine a child receives, the higher the chances of escaping lifelong paralysis”.

Peshawar polio drama

“The Peshawar polio drama created misconception due to which population of far flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are still reluctant to vaccinate their children. He stressed on the parents that there is no cure for polio once the damage is done.

Pakistan remains to be one of the two last countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan, where polio virus continues to circulate. So far in 2019, a total of 32 polio cases have been reported including 26 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Tribal districts, 3 from Punjab and 3 from Sindh.

Note to Editors:

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by poliovirus mainly affecting children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from this crippling disease. Each time a child under the age of five is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased. Repeated immunizations have protected millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries in the world to become polio free.