KARACHI: Five new cases of polio have been reported in various parts of the country, four from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one from Baluchistan, ARY News reported on Saturday.
Cases of paralyzing disease were reported in Lakki Marwat, Pishin in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Qilla Abdullah in Balochistan.
The number of polio cases in Pakistan has reached 17 during the current year.
Meanwhile, a three-day polio campaign is underway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During the campaign, more than 6 million children under five will be vaccinated in the province.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Peshawar, Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the government is committed to eradicating polio disease.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (IGP) police inspector general Sanaullah Abbasi (RPO) ordered regional police officers (RPOs) to strengthen the safety of polio equipment during vaccination campaigns.
A Rotary International delegation called Prime Minister Imran Khan on February 5, where they were informed about the government’s efforts to fight the polio virus in the country.
The delegation led by the president of the organization received information on immunization campaigns throughout the country to combat the virus. It was reported that more than 250,000 polio workers were involved during the process and that more than 40 million children were given polio drops.
The Rotary delegation praised the efforts of the government.