ISLAMABAD - The National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed five new polio cases from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (North Waziristan Agency) and Bannu area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This brings the total number of polio cases to 58 in 2014 as compared to 08 in 2013 for the same time period; the number of infected areas in the country remains nine (as compared to seven in 2013 for the same time period).
It is worth mentioning here that, 93 percent (52/56) polio cases this year have been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA together; of which 75 percent (42/56) are from North & South Waziristan Agencies.
Lal Meena, daughter of Neer Mohamamd Khan, is a 78 months old female child having onset of paralysis was reported on April 9, 2014. The child is resident of area Hamzoni, village Kishi, Tehsil Miran Shah. The child belongs to a nomadic family and has received no doses of oral polio vaccine.
The second child, Ayesha, daughter of Smasullah, is an 11 months old female child having onset of paralysis was reported on April 10,2014. The child is resident of area and village Eso Khel, Tehsil Mir Ali. The child had not received any dose of oral polio vaccine.
Najma, daughter of Abdul Salam, is a 15 months old female child having onset of paralysis was reported on April 8, 2014. The child is resident of area Dab Kot, village Dzha Ghundai, Tehsil Wana. She had not received any dose of oral polio vaccine.
Sadil Khan, daughter of Muhammad Janan, is a 14 months old female child. The child is resident of area Mamet Khel, village Raghzi Kalla, Tehsil Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency. She had not received any dose of oral polio vaccine.
Essa, sone of Gul Maroof, is a 10 months old male child. The child is resident of area UC Norer, village Milagan, Merian, Tehsil Bannu. He had not received any dose of oral polio vaccine.
It is important to mention here that no supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) have been conducted in North and South Waziristan Agencies since June 2012, leading to an ongoing explosive polio outbreak with 37 wild polio cases in 2013 and 42 so far in 2014.
Moreover, North Waziristan Agency also reported 41 Sabin-2 like virus cases in 2013 and six in 2014. The anticipated population displacement as a result of recent geopolitical developments enhances the risk of spread of poliovirus to neighbouring southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and beyond.
Polio eradication officials believe the key to stop this continuous polio outbreak is to immediately gain consistent access to all the children in North and South Waziristan Agencies, FR Bannu, Bara and other unreached areas of FATA by taking on-board all the stakeholders and strengthening civil military coordination.