LAHORE: One more polio case was reported from Punjab on Saturday, taking the countrywide figure for this year to 49.
According to reports, the latest victim of the virus is a three-year-old boy hailing from Taunsa, Dera Ghazi Khan. The samples of the patient were taken and referred to the National Institute of Health (NIH) on May 10.
His polio test returned positive on Saturday, the sources said.
On May 20, a polio case was detected in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the Health Department sources, a one-year-old child had been diagnosed with poliovirus in Union Council Mamakhel of Bannu.
The fresh polio cases have surfaced at a time when all the vaccination campaigns are suspended due to the coronavirus threat. The government is now easing the lockdown gradually and markets and other businesses and transport are being opened. It is expected that the government may also resume vaccination campaigns keeping in view the needs of children who are at risk of contracting the virus, particularly in vulnerable areas.