Polio: Despite concerted efforts to end the disease polio virus thrice detected in Faisalabad’s sewage
- After the earlier detection of polioviruses in Faisalabad in the starting months of this year, the poliovirus has been detected for the third time in the same city.
- Since 2010 seven times poliovirus had been detected in environmental samples of Faisalabad.
Gone are the days when polio used to infect thousands of children worldwide and paralyze future generations. Since the start of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, billions of children have been immunized against polio in almost all countries worldwide.
The situation of Pakistan, unfortunately, is still gruesome and equally disturbing as the endemic disease continues to harm the country’s future generation. More than 55 polio cases have been reported within the country this year and alarmingly this is not the concluding figure despite the announcement by PM Imran Khan declaring the polio eradication as the top-most priority for the government.
The precarious law and order situation, consistent resistance campaigns opposing the administration of polio drops and fallacies about the polio vaccines are some of the impediments that don’t let the country to end the menace of incurable disease of polio.
Vaccination is the only way to end the disease and according to the premier’s focal person on polio, parents of children mark the children’s finger themselves to avoid vaccination. The detection of polioviruses at different locations across the country is also worrisome.
After the earlier detection of polioviruses in Faisalabad in the starting months of this year, the poliovirus has been detected for the third time in the same city, Dawn quoted District Health Officer Dr. Asif as saying.
He said that the samples collected from the D Type Colony sewerage system in July had tested positive for polio but their strain had yet to be established. The virus carrier belonged to the other areas in the past.
Dr.Asif has said that since 2010 seven times poliovirus had been detected in environmental samples of Faisalabad. The health authorities of Faisalabad send environmental samples twice a month to main laboratory based in Islamabad.
Poliovirus had no circulation in Faisalabad like Lahore. Health Department was monitoring the D Type Colony to confirm the source of the virus, he added.
The latest figures of polio indicated that the majority of the polio cases belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its tribal belts with the rest of cases reported from Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan. The government is taking measures to control the propaganda against the anti-polio campaign but still, a lot more is needed to do away with the mysterious disease.
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