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Lahore kids at high risk of polio

Publication Date : 11-07-2014


Lahore has turned to be a 'top high risk city of the country' for continuously reporting polio virus as another sewage sample has been tested positive.

The sample was drawn in June and dispatched to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, for analysis.

The report issued by the NIH confirmed the presence of the polio virus in Lahore, an official told Dawn.

He said the presence of the poliovirus exposed the weaknesses of the officials of the Directorate of Health Services touting Lahore as polio- virus-free city. 

The Punjab Directorate Health Services is primarily responsible for controlling of the communicable diseases.

Out of the total 11 samples drawn from the province, nine were tested positive in Lahore alone this year, the official said.

He said that the health department had launched five drives in Lahore to immunise the children against the polio disease.

Medical experts say the environmental samples show that the virus circulating in Lahore may put health of a large number of children at risk.


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