Despite Balochistan having run 13 polio eradication drives during the year 2017, three cases of polio were reported in the province. Photo: Dunya News

(Dunya News) – The dream of eradicating polio from Balochistan remained unfulfilled in the year 2017 as well.

Despite Balochistan having run 13 polio eradication drives during the year 2017, three cases of polio were reported in the province with the administration claiming that none of the three children had been administered polio drops during any of the polio eradicating campaigns.


Balochistan ran 13 polio eradication drives during the year 2017. Photo: Dunya News


The cases which were reported in Qila Abdullah, Zhob and Chaman were reported after refusal of the parents of the said children to administer polio drops to their children. According to polio workers, such families pose great challenges for them during their campaigns.


According to polio workers, such families pose great challenges for them during their campaigns. Photo: Dunya News


During the year 2017, 13 polio eradication drives were run in 32 districts of the province. Over 3, 000 parents refused to administer polio drops to their children. DHO Quetta Dr. Sher Ahmed believes that refusal of parents to administer polio drops to their children as well as families coming from across the border were major reasons for the emergence of polio cases.


Over 3, 000 parents refused to administer polio drops to their children. Photo: Dunya News


According to a report by Quetta Emergency Centre, polio virus has also been found in sewage. Experts say that if children are administered polio drops regularly, it increases their immunity protecting them from this life-long crippling disease.

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