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Two more polio cases surface in Karachi


MN Report

Karachi: Two more cases of polio have emerged in the Karachi, raising the number of the dreadful disease in the metropolis to four and nine in the entire Sindh province since Jan 1, 2015.

The two new polio cases have surfaced in the city’s Gadap Town union councils 5 & 6.
One of them is a 22-month-old Mudasir, son of Khanzada, who resides in Gadap Town’s UC-5. His both legs have been affected. The other one is a 47-month-old Shayan, son of Shahid Alam. He is a resident of Gadap’s UC-6 and his right leg has been affected.

A spokesman for Sindh’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication and Immunization said that a strategy has devised to interrupt virus circulation, saying that next six months will be crucial.
The essence of this strategy, he added, is ruthless accountability, an honest re-assessment of security provision, strengthening functionality of provincial EOC and district polio control rooms and gearing up work further in the high risk union councils with the involvement of communities.

The commitment for polio eradication was now visible as a task force, under the chairmanship of Commissioner Karachi, has been notified and the need of the hour is to translate this commitment into a reality by interrupting virus transmission, he opined.

December 2, 2015

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