Two poliovirus cases in south Punjab ring alarm bells

Published September 2, 2020
Officials claimed that the detection of poliovirus in the right leg of a 13-year-old boy did not amount to their failure but needed a thorough probe. — AFP/File
Officials claimed that the detection of poliovirus in the right leg of a 13-year-old boy did not amount to their failure but needed a thorough probe. — AFP/File

BAHAWALPUR: Health department officials claim to have detected two poliovirus cases — one each in Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.

The officials during the previous months had been claiming that Bahawalpur was a polio-free district, but with the abrupt surfacing of a polio case in a village of Ahmedpur East tehsil on Monday night, the officials expressed surprise, saying the detection of the case came as an utter disappointment for them as they had been regularly launching anti-polio campaigns in the previous years.

At the same time, the officials claimed that the detection of poliovirus in the right leg of a 13-year-old boy did not amount to their failure but needed a thorough probe, as under the WHO’s instructions, each child under five years of age was administered polio vaccine regularly here.

On receiving information, Health Director Dr Tanveer Hussain Shah on Tuesday undertook a surprise visit to victim Muhammad Ayub’s house at Basti Jumman Shah village. He said he would order an inquiry into the detection of a polio case.

District Preventive Coordinator Dr Zakir Hussain giving details of the case said the boy had temperature on Aug 17 and he visited a quack’s clinic in the area. The quack provided medicine to him but he did not feel any relief. Later, Ayub sought medical assistance from a private clinic of a doctor who allegedly injected the boy after which he suffered the attack of paralysis in his right leg.

Ayub’s parents later took him to the THQ Hospital of Ahmedpur East where doctors referred him to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital and the doctors detected poliovirus. His samples were sent to the NHI, Islamabad, which confirmed poliovirus.

DERA GHAZI KHAN: An infant who had recently died at the teaching hospital of the Ghazi Khan Medical College was suffering from lungs disease as well as poliovirus, say health authorities.

Officials told Dawn that eight-month-old Imran, son of Hashim, was admitted to the hospital for treatment of lungs problem.

Health CEO Dr Khalil Sikhani said the child was also suffering from polio.

Published in Dawn, September 2nd, 2020

Opinion

Shifting politics
Updated 01 Mar 2021

Shifting politics

Beyond PTI’s fault lines the more consequential question is credibility of future elections.

Editorial

SC on Senate polls
Updated 02 Mar 2021

SC on Senate polls

THE Supreme Court has declared in its short order on the reference sent by the president under Article 186 of the...
02 Mar 2021

Khashoggi report

THE grisly 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate shocked people...
02 Mar 2021

Heritage trail

THE heritage trail project in central Punjab, inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday in Jhelum district,...
LNG deal
Updated 01 Mar 2021

LNG deal

PAKISTAN has clinched a good deal for the long-term supply of LNG from Qatar. Under the new contract, Qatar will...
01 Mar 2021

US Syria strike

IF the US is serious about mending fences with Iran, then firing missiles at fighters allied with Tehran in Syria ...
01 Mar 2021

Sri Lanka cremations

SRI LANKA has in a welcome move reversed its order that mandated all those dying of Covid-19 be cremated. The...