Polio Cases in Pakistan is on the Rise
KARACHI: Despite the restrictions placed by World Health Organization, number of polio cases in Pakistan is on the rise. A one and a half year old girl is the new victim of the crippling virus. Her diagnosis has brought the number of affected children in the country this year to 60.
The young victim lives in Gadap Town, Karachi along with her family who hails from North Waziristan. Like many of her age, she has been deprived of polio drops since her birth.
It was the fifth polio case of 2014 in Karachi, officials said.
Out of the 60 children have been found affected by polio this year in Pakistan, 47 of them are in FATA. The cases have increased by 700% as compared to the last year, according to officials. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a travel ban on Pakistanis going abroad due to increasing cases of polio, many don’t take their children for vaccination. Polio teams go from door to door to administer polio drops on kids and dispensaries have also been stocked with the vaccine.