2 more cases of polio virus surface in Bannu, NWA | Pakistan Today

2 more cases of polio virus surface in Bannu, NWA

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to eight this year.

According to the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication, one polio case has been confirmed from a sample taken from North Waziristan and the other from Bannu.

The National Institute of Health had isolated the wild polio virus from a stool sample of 22-month-old boy Hamza of Kot Beli, Bannu and two-year-old girl Razia of Ahmad Khel, Miran Shah area of North Waziristan district.

An official of the EOC said that the ongoing polio eradication drive has been suspended in 24 union councils of Peshawar.

The campaign was suspended after a large number of people staged a protest demonstration and resorted to violence following reports that a large number of students had been brought to hospitals after they were administrated polio drops.

The EOC officials said that the campaign has been suspended keeping in mind the safety and security of polio workers.

Provincial Health Secretary Farooq Jameel held the parents of the two victims of the polio virus responsible for their ailment.