Pakistan reports 20th wild polio case, 17th in North Waziristan


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A 10-month-old boy from Guild Council Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan died after being confirmed as having wild polio.

The National Institute of Health reported Wednesday that the 10-month-old boy was paralyzed on September 15 and suffered disabilities in his left arm and neck.

He is the third child in the trade union council who has been confirmed to be paralyzed and the seventeenth in North Waziristan. In all, Pakistan has recorded 20 cases of wild polio this year.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners and representatives from various countries met on Wednesday to discuss challenges related to polio eradication and determine the way forward.

Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said Pakistan’s children need support more than ever. The current humanitarian crisis in the country has increased the risk of wild polio transmission. It is critical to support polio eradication now to protect them from further health concerns.”

While the polio virus has been detected outside of southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it has not paralyzed children elsewhere in the country.

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National Center for Emergency Operations Coordinator Dr Shahzad Beck emphasized that while the number of cases has increased significantly this year, it has also been geographically contained. “If we can fight the virus in south Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we can beat polio in Pakistan,” he said.

Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by the polio virus and mainly affects children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from this disease.

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