Polio case reported in Balochistan
Anti polio drops being provided to a baby girl in Quetta: Photo Ashraf Khan

Polio case reported in Balochistan

Health Desk: 

Balochistan has reported another polio case on Saturday morning. A 16-month old child tested positive for the crippling virus, health sources said. The child belongs to the Gulistan area of district Killa Abdullah.

The number of cases reached 25 in Balochistan after the confirmation of this case. Health sources said the parents had not provided polio drops to the affected child. “The child belonged to a refusal family”, they mentioned. The samples of the infected child had sent to the laboratory. The laboratory officials confirmed that the kid has contracted the crippling virus.

Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah reported most polio cases 

Killa Abdullah, Pishin, and Quetta have reported most of the polio refusals. Their number is in thousands, health officials said.  A large number of people are still skeptical about the anti-polio campaign and term it a conspiracy. This year, most of the polio cases reported from these three districts. The government had established committees to convince the parents to refuse polio drops. The committees comprise religious scholars, teachers, and people belonging to various walks of life.

The health officials also term suspension of polio campaigns in the aftermath of the outbreak of COVID19 as one of the reasons behind increasing cases. Although, the emergency operation cell, health department, and others conducted repeated campaigns currently.

The crippling virus continues to affect children despite three-decades of campaigns 

The cropping virus is yet to be eradicated from Balochistan and other parts of the country despite three-decades of continued anti-polio campaigns. The officials claim the success and achievements of targets after every anti-polio campaign. However, the crippling virus continues to affect children under the age of five years.

Polio case reported in Balochistan

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