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Second polio case detected this month in Badin

A second case of polio was detected in Sindh’s Badin district on Wednesday, according to World Health Organization (WHO) representative and health officials.

Six-year-old Imran, son of Javed Jat, and a resident of Mohammad Qasim Jat village near Badin’s Kario Ghanwar town, was diagnosed with polio virus after a stool sample was sent to the National Institute of Health in Islamabad.

According to WHO officials, Imran is the cousin of one-year-old Alim Khatoon, who was also diagnosed with polio virus a month ago.

According to the Emergency Operation Centre for polio in Sindh, a total of eight cases of polio have been detected this year.

Dr Shaikh Tanweer Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Health and Nutrition Development Society, an organisation working on health and nutrition issues, expressed deep concern over the increasing number of cases in Sindh particularly in the coastal belt.

As one of a handful of countries where polio remains endemic, the WHO last year made it mandatory for all Pakistanis travelling abroad to have at least one dose of the anti-polio vaccine.

2014 was one of the country’s worst in terms of the number of polio cases, with the count reaching 306, marking the first time in almost 14 years that the number exceeded 200.

courtesy : dawn news

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