2 more polio cases surface, campaign starts in South Waziristan


A three-day anti-polio campaign on Monday has been launched in the Wazir and Mehmand areas of South Waziristan after around 30 months, as two new polio cases surfaced in the country taking the toll to at least 262 in 2014.

According to sources in the National Institute of Health (NIH), a polio case has emerged in Swat after as many as five years. A 21-month-old baby named Abu Talha in Khwaza Khela area of Swat and four-month-old Sameera from Shikarpur district of Sindh have been found affected with polio virus. Reportedly, not a single dose of polio vaccine was given to either of the two children.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) saw as many as 163, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) 55, in Sindh 27, in Punjab only 3 while the number of polio cases reported in Balochistan in 2014 are 14.

Meanwhile, as many as 285 polio teams have been formed to give polio vaccine to around 85,000 children.

The campaign is supposed to cover Barmal, Shakai, Tuey Khola, Wana and Sararwagha areas.