North Waziristan reported another polio case on Friday bringing up the Pakistan’s tally to two for the 2022.

Pakistan National Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, Islamabad confirmed the detection of Type-1 Wild poliovirus from the stool specimen from a 24-month old girl from district North Waziristan, KP.

The girl had onset of paralysis on 14 April 2022.

A statement issued here said that this is the second Wild poliovirus case in 2022 in Pakistan after the first one reported from the same district on 22 April 2022.

It said that Pakistan had reported only one WPV1 case in 2021 which had onset of paralysis on 27 January in Killa Abdullah, Balochistan.

The statement said that genetic analysis of the new Type-1 Wild poliovirus case shows that the virus belongs to YB3C cluster and is linked to the poliovirus case reported last week.

“This indicates well-established wild Poliovirus circulation within district North Waziristan,” it said.

Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel said that government was taking steps for the eradication of polio from the country on emergency basis.

Mr Patil urged the parents to inoculate their children against the crippling virus.

Microsoft founder and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates had spoken to the Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif following the detection of first polio virus in North Waziristan.

Mr Gates during his call had assured the Prime Minister of his cooperation in eradication of polio and they will not allow any child to be crippled from the virus.

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