First Polio case of 2015 was reported from Balochistan’s Chaghi district on Thursday, private media reported.
According to the details provided by Balochistan Health Department, a two-year old boy Shafi Muhammad from the Barabcha area that lies close to the Pak-Afghan border was diagnosed with polio virus.
“At this point in time, we cannot say whether the parents had refused polio drops,” sources said.
While in 2014,around 22 polio cases were reported from Balochistan.Most of the cases were reported from Quetta, Killa Abdullah and Pishin districts of the province.
Keeping in view the growing number of polio cases, the provincial government has imposed polio emergency.
While the Health Department had launched a special campaign in high-risk districts, including Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah and other areas to ensure provision of polio drops.
Polio teams have been facing tough resistance from extremists in the above-mentioned districts.
2014 has been the darkest year in regard to the discovery of polio cases in the country. The soaring figure of 296 is reported during the year, the highest since 1998.
In the last decade, 2005 was the year with lowest polio cases.The sudden increase was seen in 2011 with the rising figure of 198. While in 2012 and 2013, the recorded number of polio cases was 58 and 93 respectively.
Inspite of governmental efforts, polio remains endemic in the country due to false perceptions of the families and militants attack on immunization teams.