LAHORE -- Another child fell victim to crippling virus in Punjab, third polio case this year.
The 34 months old child has taken more than seven doses of oral polio vaccine, putting question mark on utility of vaccination campaigns as kids are getting paralyzed despite taking multiple doses.
'The lab has notified a new polio case in Jampur tehsil, Rajanpur', spokesman of the provincial polio programme confirmed on Friday.
The child affected with polio virus is 34 months old and his left upper limb and both lower limbs have been affected', said the spokesman and added that the status of the number of SIA and routine doses was being investigated. However, it was learnt that the child had received more than seven doses in Supplementary immunisation Activity (SIA) and one routine immunisation dose by recall.
With the new case, number of polio virus cases in Punjab has reached three this year and 55 all over the country.
Outbreak of COVID19 has posed serious challenges to polio eradication. Polio campaigns remain suspended since March leaving a large chunk of children unimmunised and vulnerable.
In March, April and June nearly 30 million children in Punjab missed vaccination due to COVID. Due to intensive transmission of Type2 and WPV1 virus more children are at heightened risk of catching the virus
Since January 2019 till date, Punjab province has 20 reported Type2 and WPV1 cases. However, sustained presence of wild polio virus in Lahore, Rawalpindi, DG Khan and Multan districts, a huge transit and mobile population, has kept...