Yr’s first polio case detected in KP


A polio worker administers vaccine to children. — AFP/File
A polio employee administers vaccine to kids. — AFP/File
  • Three-year-old has examined constructive for crippling illness. 
  • Minor boy is a resident of Ghora Bakka Khel in Bannu. 
  • Ailment has affected each legs of affected person. 

A 3-year-old boy has examined constructive for the crippling illness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), making it the primary polio case of the yr 2023 within the nation, it emerged on Friday.

The boy is a resident of Ghora Bakka Khel in Bannu.

The crippling illness has affected each legs of the minor boy. The affected person and his household don’t have any journey historical past, confirmed the authorities.

Yr’s first poliovirus pattern detected in Lahore 

Minister for Nationwide Well being Providers, Laws and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel on January 24 confirmed the nation’s first detection of the wild poliovirus in 2023 — present in an environmental pattern in Lahore.

Nonetheless, the virus has been periodically detected in its sewage water. The poliovirus present in Gulshan-e-Ravi’s pattern discovered hyperlinks to Afghanistan’s Nangahar province from final November, the Pakistan Polio Laboratory on the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) stated.

In the meantime, Patel stated that the 2 “nations are united within the battle towards the virus and are working collectively to eradicate” the crippling illness.

He renewed the federal government’s dedication to utterly eradicate the crippling illness from the nation.

He added that whereas the isolation of the virus was a reason behind concern, it was wonderful to notice that it was detected promptly. “This well timed detection of the virus within the surroundings was essential to defending kids from being paralysed by the poliovirus.”

Stressing the necessity to vaccinate kids well timed, the minister stated: “The one method to cease the virus is to vaccinate all kids underneath the age of 5. It’s critically necessary that folks and caregivers, notably in Lahore, be certain that their little one is vaccinated within the February spherical.”

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