ISLAMABAD: Karachi witnessed its second case of polio within a span of three months, the latest victim being a five-month-old infant who has been diagnosed with the crippling disease.
Five-month-old boy Zaibullah, son of Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of UC-4 Gadap Town, had been administered with anti-polio drops during a past campaign. However, his routine immunisation had not been completed, officials said, private news channel reported.
Just over three months ago, the metropolis reported its first polio case after staying polio-free for 18 months – an alarming recurrence despite the efforts that were being made to eradicate the crippling disease from the country.
Seven-month-old Qasim, a resident of Village Sher Khan/Madina Colony in UC 13 Gulshan, was confirmed as the victim of polio in September. The infant’s grandfather had reportedly refused the administration of polio drops at Qasim’s birth.
In all, six cases of polio have been reported in the country this year.
Three years ago, Karachi was known as the largest reservoir of polio in the world with as many as 23 new cases being reported annually.
After 18 months polio raises its head in Karachi again.- APP