Feb 3, 2013

Year’s first polio case detected in Pakistan.

KARACHI, Feb 1: This year’s first case of polio in the country was detected in a two-year-old boy in Karachi on Friday. This was the first polio case in the city after one and a half years.

Musharraf, son of Usman, is a resident of Cattle Colony in Bin Qasim Town. The boy has never been vaccinated against polio.

“This family had old misconceptions about polio vaccination and had repeatedly been recorded as a ‘refusal’ in anti-polio campaigns, the regular vaccination drives as well as special anti-polio campaigns,” expanded program for immunisation (EPI) of Sindh director Dr Mazhar Khamesani said.
“They are willing for vaccination now, but there is no use of it when the boy has been crippled for life,” he said.

According to Dr Khamesani, the family sought medical help when the boy fell ill with fever and weakness.

“His samples were sent to the National Institute of Health on Jan 14 and the results have been received today,” he added.

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