DERA GHAZI KHAN: A suspected polio case surfaced in Umerkot (Rajanpur) and the authorities on Tuesday sent stool samples of the child to NIH Islamabad for confirmation.

However, Dr Rashid Quraishi of Rujhan tehsil headquarters hospital has notified it a case of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP).

Desha (4), a resident of village Punjab, suffered from paralysis of legs. Her father Shahzaib told Dawn that she had been vaccinated against polio regularly during every campaign and was active. He said last week acute fever paralysed her legs and “now she can’t walk.” He said the health department teams had been visiting her daughter and they collected stool samples.

Rajanpur Deputy Commissioner Jameel Ahmed Jameel said: “It’s acute flaccid paralysis and AFP can’t be considered a confirmed case of polio until verified by the sample tests.” A spokesperson for the secretary health south Punjab told this correspondent that it was not yet confirmed case of polio but its status would be ascertained after the test report from NIH Islamabad.

DROWNS: A youth of Gaddai area drowned during swimming in the DG canal.

On the call of relatives of youth Inrahim (16), rescuers launched a search and recovered his body 18 hours after the incident.

Published in Dawn, August 11th, 2022

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