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PESHAWAR: Two new cases of polio-virus have been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to details, the two cases were reported from Laki Marwat and D.I Khan where a 9-month old and 2-year-old children respectively diagnosed with the virus in the district.
This is the first case of Peshwar in the year 2020. The officials claimed that the objection of parents to immunize children against polio was the main reason behind the spike in the number of polio cases in Pakistan for years.
But from the past few months, the number of polio refusal cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has dropped drastically in the recently-concluded vaccination campaign. Peshawar, which used to record the bulk of refusals against vaccination in previous campaigns has registered 39,082 cases.
Kurram tribal district registered 6,504, Mardan 6,607, North Waziristan tribal district 6,211. Swabi 3470, Bannu 3,213, and Lakki Marwat recorded 1,909 while 147,919 children couldn’t be reached by vaccinators during the recent drive.
But still, unfortunately, Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria, affected by poliovirus.
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