ISLAMABAD: In a concerning development, the presence of the polio virus has been confirmed in various districts across Pakistan, including the capital city of Islamabad. The Ministry of Health reports that 14 environmental samples from different districts tested positive for the virus.
According to the ministry’s spokesperson, the samples include 3 from Peshawar, 2 from Hyderabad, and 2 from Karachi East. Additional cases were identified in Karachi Central, Kemari, and West, each contributing to the growing concern over the spread of polio.
The virus was also detected in one sample each from Sukkur, Quetta, Kohat, and Islamabad, indicating a widespread presence of the polio virus in the country.
Children Under The Age Of 5 Years Must Be Vaccinated
In response to the alarming situation, the Ministry of Health has issued a stern directive, urging parents to ensure that all children under the age of 5 receive compulsory polio vaccinations. This preventive measure is crucial in protecting children from the debilitating effects of polio.
The ministry emphasizes the significance of timely vaccinations to curb the spread of the virus and prevent its potentially severe consequences. Authorities are working tirelessly to address the situation, and citizens are urged to cooperate with health officials to eliminate the threat of polio in the affected areas.
The news comes as a reminder of the collective responsibility to maintain high vaccination coverage and eradicate polio from Pakistan, contributing to global efforts to make the world polio-free.