Islamabad: Four more polio cases have been registered in Pakistan. Two cases of the disease have been reported from both Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) places, and with this the number of polio cases has increased to 119 this year. According to Dawn News, according to a notification issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Islamabad on Friday, new cases of polio have been reported from Sukkur and Tando Allahyar districts in Sindh and Tank and Bannu districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Rana Safdar, coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for polio, said that there are many reasons for the polio virus to spread throughout the year in 2019.
He told Dawn News, "Two followup national campaigns are planned in February and April 2020, with efforts to improve regular vaccination coverage, however, collective efforts at all levels are necessary."
There have been 119 polio cases this year as compared to 12 cases in 2018 and only eight cases in 2017.
This year's provincial data shows that 83 cases have been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21 from Sindh, nine from Balochistan and six from Punjab. Only two countries in the world are facing polio cases from Pakistan and Afghanistan.