Polio cases in Pakistan have surged as 53 cases have been reported in 2019.
The number of cases are only for the first 7 months of the year.
The number is greater than the polio cases registered in the last three years.
In the initial 7 months of 2019, 53 cases of polio have been reported from across the country. This number is greater than the polio cases registered in the last three years added together.
Out of 53, 22 of these cases have been reported from Bannu alone. As per details from the polio eradication program, the cases have been reported from all four provinces and the former tribal areas as well.
The cases have been reported from 19 districts, 7 of these are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) districts Charsadda, Hangu, Bannu, DI Khan, Shangla, Torghar, and Laki Marwat. A total of 31 cases were reported from these districts, however, Bannu individually had 22 cases.
9 cases were reported from Bajaur, Mir Ali, Khyber Miranshah and Rizmak tribal districts that were a part of former FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Four cases were reported from Balochistan’s Jafferabad, Qila Abdullah and Quetta districts.
Five cases of polio were reported from two districts of Punjab province, Lahore and Jhelum. Three cases from Karachi and Sindh’s Larkana areas. Total 20 cases were reported from numerous parts of Pakistan during 2016, seven cases in 2017 and twelve in 2018.
Pakistan’s fight against polio:
With fighting against polio on all fronts, Pakistan has also taken Facebook on board. To curb anti-polio propaganda, Prime Minister’s focal person on Polio, Babar Bin Atta, and heads of the World Health Organization and UNICEF in Pakistan had an online meeting with the social media authorities.
As an outcome of the meeting, Facebook’s Global Regulatory & Content Management Team to remove all the content and pages propagating against the disease. However, Pakistan has a long way to go when it comes to eradicating the religious and cultural barriers and establishing trust with people.
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