BANNU/WAZIRISTAN - Four new polio cases on Friday surfaced in the tribal areas, according to the health ministry.
Two of the minors belong to Bannu, while other to South Waziristan. The total number of polio cases in the country has now reached 74.
Out of the 74 cases, 57 are from Fata, 11 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and six from Sindh. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency’ at the start of May after new polio cases began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries including Pakistan.
The disease remains endemic in the country, which is responsible for 80 per cent of polio cases diagnosed around the world this year. Pakistan saw 91 cases last year, up from 58 in 2012. Polio continues to surface, mainly in the tribal areas along the Afghan border and Karachi.