Two more polio cases detected in Pakistan

June 3rd, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 3 (IANS) Two more polio cases have been detected in Pakistan, taking to 11 the number of children afflicted by the virus this year. One fresh case has been detected in the southern port city of Karachi and the other in Kohat in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Dawn Tuesday quoted the national manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), H.B. Memon as saying that the authorities in Karachi had Monday confirmed the Kohat case.

The 26-month-old girl has no history of routine immunisation but had received at least 15 oral polio drops so far, Memon said.

The Karachi case involves a seven-month-old old boy who has not received any routine immunisation dose or oral drops at all.

Sindh EPI manager Mazhar Khamesani said he had been informed by his field staff that the affected child belonged to a family that had come to Karachi from Waziristan.

According to Memon, a nationwide polio immunisation campaign would be conducted on June 10.

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