PESHAWAR, July 19: Four more polio cases have been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA regions and one from Karachi, Sindh province, taking the total number of victims to 99 across the country this year.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 24-month-old Janul Haq from Miranshah and 18-month-old Maryam from Datakhel in North Waziristan, 24-month-old Faiz from Wana, South Waziristan, and 24-month-old Maira from Lakki Marwat are the latest victims in KP and FATA. The fifth case has been reported from Karachi, where 21-month-old Hamza has been diagnosed with polio.

The tribal areas have reported most of the polio cases so far, because 57 of the victims belong to North Waziristan.

The Taliban militants had banned polio vaccination in North and South Waziristan for the last several years.

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