After a horrific surge in HIV in Larkana, Pakistan People Party’s stronghold is now under the curse of polio-virus. The attention was shifted to the healthcare emergency following three-year-old infected girl’s case was reported in Dokri taluka.
Until April 7th, the minor girl was fine, after which her health deteriorated. She experienced high-grade fever and weakness in right arm and leg. Her family initially took her to a faith healer but she was later diagnosed with poliovirus.
After an investigation by the authorities, it was revealed that the girl had travelled to Karachi’s Bin Qasim area in district Malir. The area is considered a ‘hotbed’ for polio in Karachi.
After the province saw horrific cases of HIV in Larkana, the new emergency is asking for immediate action. It particularly subsequently rings bells for Sindh health authorities overseeing the poliovirus under a separate Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for polio eradication and immunisation.
Sindh has 49pc coverage figures with 12-23-month-old children receiving all basic vaccines
Pakistan ‘needs’ to eradicate polio:
Ex-focal person of prime minister for polio eradication during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, has shown hopelessness towards Pakistan’s condition.
She said that Pakistan was supposed to be polio-free by 2018, but conversely, it failed to achieve the target.
“Pakistan was supposed to be polio-free in 2018, but that was not the case. In 2017, numbers were reduced from 20 in 2016 to eight in 2017. It was 306 in 2014 that were brought down to 254” – she said.
When Nawaz’s government left, there were only three cases in Dukki, Balochistan. But now there has been an upward trend. According to the reports, 15 confirmed poliovirus cases have been reported in Pakistan till May. Additionally, Sindh has reported two cases in Larkana and Karachi’s Lyari area.
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