QUETTA: Another polio case was reported from Pashin district of Balochistan on Friday, taking the provincial tally to 17 in the current year.
According to the Balochistan health department, a 34-month-old boy has been detected infected with the polio virus in Pashin’s Union Council, Ali Zai. The child was tested on August 19 and 20 after falling ill. The family of the child was reluctant to administer anti-polio drops to the child, said the health department.
Earlier on August 10, a case was reported in Quetta where a 20-month-old boy was confirmed with the virus. The samples had been collected on July 25 and 26. The child infected with the crippling disease had never been administered the anti-polio vaccine.
It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government resumed polio vaccination activities on July 20 last with a campaign in selected districts after a four-month suspension of all vaccination activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Districts covered in the first round were Faisalabad, Attock, South Waziristan, and parts of Karachi and Quetta. Almost 800,000 children under the age of five vaccinated during the campaign.
It was learnt that the first polio immunisation campaign in the country during Covid-19 pandemic has achieved desired results as 94 per cent of the targeted children were administered polio drops during the drive