Second case of polio comes to surface

The year’s second case of polio in Sindh was confirmed on Thursday in a child who belonged to Jacobabad.

Sindh reported its first case of polio this year on February 9, in Karachi’s Gadap Town. The affected was a 34-month old boy, who had been refused vaccination by his parents, according to officials.

Last year, 54 children were diagnosed with polio in the country, 12 of them in Sindh including seven in Karachi alone.

Health officials claim that malnourishment increases chances of a child catching the crippling polio virus.  Children therefore require over 10 doses of the polio vaccine to boost their immunity to a level where cannot be affected by the polio virus.

Pakistan remains among the only three countries of the world affected by the virus.

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