LAHORE: The polio eradication campaign suffered a major blow when nine new polio cases, including seven of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2), were reported from two provinces on Thursday.
The “outbreak” of cVDPV2 would be a cause of serious concern for global health organisations as Pakistan is among a few countries reporting such cases which have almost been eliminated globally.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cVDPV remained a menace to the end game of polio eradication as it is one of the main causes of re-emerging polio apart from vaccination refusal.
Of the nine, two were the wild poliovirus cases that were reported from Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab and Killa Saifullah of Balochistan, paralysing the kids completely.
The situation remained very alarming in Punjab where five out of total seven children were paralysed by cVDPV2, while others were reported from Hyderabad and Korangi in Sindh.
In Punjab, Jhang district detected three cVDPV2 cases and Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad one each.
Some health experts expressed serious concern, saying the global health bodies have alerted Pakistan many times about their prime concern that it was almost the only country where cVDPV2 cases have been surfacing