6-month-old child dies of polio in Pakistan

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A six-month-old baby recently died from polio virus in Pakistan, officials here said on Friday, as the country’s attempt to beat the crippling disease appears to be failing.

The boy was from the South Waziristan tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the health ministry said in a statement, adding that he became paralyzed in August.

A total of 19 cases of polio virus have been identified in Pakistan this year.

All cases were reported from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province – two in Lakki Marwat, 16 in North Waziristan and one in South Waziristan districts.

The Ministry of Health said fighting the polio outbreak in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is the main focus of Pakistan’s polio program.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries where polio, which in severe cases can kill or paralyze patients, remains endemic.

Attempts to eradicate the crippling disease in Pakistan have been severely hampered in recent years by the deadly target of vaccination teams in recent years by militants, who oppose the motivations and claim the polio drops cause infertility.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said in a statement that mass displacement of people due to flooding threatens the spread of the polio virus.

“This massive displacement will lead to the spread of the polio virus. So it’s very important to vaccinate children against polio,” he said.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)



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