The first case of polio was reported in the Lakki Marwat area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in the first month of the new year, which was confirmed by the Regional Reference Laboratory (RRL) in Islamabad.
According to the report, RRL confirmed the polio case yesterday while a one-year-old child from Lakki Marwat was also administered polio drops but as a result of the laboratory, he was declared infected with Wild Polio Virus One.
The poliovirus affected both the legs of the child, showing signs of disability and had a greater effect on the right leg.
According to the Anti-Polio Program, 136 cases of polio were reported in Pakistan last year, with the highest reported in 96 cases in KP, followed by 25 in Sindh, 11 in Balochistan and 8 in Punjab.
Polio virus affects children under the age of 5 and can make the nervous system more disabled.
There is no cause for polio eradication other than a vaccine, but timely vaccination can help prevent this dangerous virus, and health experts urge parents to vaccinate children every time.
Most countries in the world have gotten rid of polio, but Pakistan and neighbouring country Afghanistan are two countries where polio cases are still on the rise and cannot be countered.
Pakistan is still a World Health Organization subject to several travel restrictions due to being a polio-affected country and every citizen travelling abroad since 2014 needs a polio certificate.
It should be noted that 5 polio cases were confirmed on January 4 and 6 more polio cases were revealed on January 2, but samples of these cases were obtained in 2019 so they were counted last year.