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Pakistan confirms fifth polio case of yr 17 days after sufferer’s loss of life

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A well being employee (R) administers polio vaccine drops to a toddler throughout a polio vaccination marketing campaign in Karachi on June 3, 2024.
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Pakistan has confirmed the fifth polio case of the yr, greater than a fortnight after the sufferer’s loss of life, jolting the nation’s efforts to eradicate the crippling illness.

The sufferer, a two-year-old little one from Balochistan’s Quetta, died on May 22 earlier than the affirmation of the poliovirus, the Dawn newspaper reported.

With the onset of paralysis on April 29, the case was confirmed after six weeks on Saturday, as an alternative of the standard three weeks taken for analysis, the report mentioned, quoting an official on the Regional Reference Laboratory of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

According to the NIH, the kid’s legs had been affected by the crippling illness initially. He was later shifted to Karachi, however his situation worsened because the illness unfold to his arms. He handed away a couple of weeks later, the report mentioned.

The official mentioned the kid had not acquired a single dose of polio vaccine throughout routine immunisation. However, information present that he acquired 5 vaccine doses throughout supplementary immunisation actions. It was being investigated whether or not this was a case of vaccine refusal, the official mentioned.

“The virus isolated from the samples belonging to the imported YB3A cluster of WPV1,” the official said.

The case was the fourth to be reported from the Balochistan province.

According to the report, the poliovirus was also detected in the child’s siblings and cousins.

The Prime Minister’s coordinator on National Health Services, Dr Malik Mukhtar Bharat, mentioned the case served as a reminder that till Pakistan achieved polio eradication, no little one could be fully secure from the crippling illness.

Muhammad Anwarul Haq, the brand new coordinator of the National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication, mentioned an investigation was underway to hint the supply of the virus that led to the an infection and determine potential gaps in vaccination protection.

He changed Dr Shahzad Baig, who resigned earlier within the month.

On June 1, Pakistan reported its fourth polio case of the yr.

The sufferer was a 30-month-old little one hailing from the Lakhi area of the Shikarpur district of the Sindh province. It was the primary case to be reported from the Sindh province this yr.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the one nations on the earth the place polio stays endemic, based on the World Health Organisation.

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