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Pakistan stories fourth polio case of yr


A lady receives polio drops whereas ready to cross important Afghanistan-Pakistan land border crossing, in Pakistan. File
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Pakistan has reported the fourth polio case of the yr, jolting the nation’s efforts to eradicate the crippling illness.

The case was reported on Saturday as the federal government appointed a brand new head of the polio eradication programme after his predecessor stepped down throughout the week.

The Dawn newspaper reported having a doc exhibiting that the sufferer was a 30-month-old youngster hailing from the Lakhi area of the Shikarpur district of the Sindh province.

The youngster was taken to a hospital after he all of a sudden developed weak spot in each decrease limbs and couldn’t maintain his neck up, in keeping with the report.

This case was the primary to be reported from the Sindh province, because the earlier three victims belonged to Balochistan.

According to the National Institute of Health in Islamabad, the latest case was additionally of the Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1), similar to the earlier three instances.

The Prime Minister’s coordinator on National Health Services, Dr. Malik Mukhtar Bharat, mentioned groups have been deployed to conduct a full case investigation.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Health Services appointed Muhammad Anwarul Haq, the ministry’s joint secretary, because the National Emer­gency Operation Centre for Polio Eradication coordinator on Saturday.

He changed Dr. Shahzad Baig, who resigned on Friday, citing private causes.

Additionally, a brand new marketing campaign to vaccinate over 16.5 million youngsters below the age of 5 in 66 districts might be launched on Monday.

The drive, deliberate forward of the height journey season of Eidul Azha, will totally cowl 36 districts and partially 30 districts.

These areas included Islamabad, 20 districts of Balochistan, 23 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16 of Sindh and 6 of Punjab. It would be the fifth polio vaccination marketing campaign of the yr.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the one international locations on the planet the place polio stays endemic, in keeping with the World Health Organisation.

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