KARACHI: Two more polio cases were reported in Karachi on Saturday taking the tally of polio cases across Pakistan to 100 this year.
Two new cases were registered in Mirpur Khas district taking the total number cases of polio in Sindh to 16, said the spokesman of Emergency Operation Centre (EMOC) for Polio here on Saturday.
The spokesman said both the affected children were boys. One is a 36-month-old resident of tehsil Digri of Mirpur Khas district, who had contracted polio on November 17.
Parents of the child have claimed that they had administered him seven doses of polio vaccine during campaigns whereas health officials of the area, on basis of the child’s immunisation card, confirm two routine immunisation doses.
“Fortunately the child is not going to suffer from disability as her legs and spine are not affected but a slight weakness in facial muscles could be registered,” said the EmoC representative.
As for the second case, the 72-month-old child from the same district, having contracted poliovirus on November 20, was claimed to have received seven doses during campaigns and three during routine immunisation. The investigation as to how many doses he actually received is underway.
According to available details, both lower limbs of the child were initially affected by the virus but he didn’t suffer from any permanent disability.
The spokesman emphasised that Emergency Operation Centre for Polio in Sindh strongly encourages all parents to vaccinate their children in the upcoming polio campaign as it has become clear, over the course of the last few months, that if OPV was not administered the virus would spread and paralyze children.
As for the 16 polio cases reported during the current year, six were from Karachi, two from Hyderabad, two from Larkana, two from Jamshoro, two from Mirpurkhas, one from Shaheed Benazirabad and one from Sajawal.