PESHAWAR - Two fresh polio cases were confirmed on Friday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa taking the number of such cases detected so far this year to three alone in the province and total five in the country.

According to the National Institute of Health, 21-month-old boy Jareer s/o Waliullah, resident of Haider colony Akhunabad Peshawar and seven-month-old Naureen Bibi d/o Ajab resident of Mulla Musa Jan Ganjiyano Kalay district Hangu have been diagnosed with polio virus. The reason behind the first case reported from Peshawar is that Jareer’s family had refused to vaccinate him, and that is why it was the third confirmed polio case detected in the family, sources said. While polio virus confirmed in Naureen Bibi from Hangu had been well vaccinated during polio eradication campaigns carried out in her hometown, they said. Despite repeated vaccination drives in the country, cases of polio are emerging in the KP, they added.

Talking to The Nation, Dr Johar said that “so far this year a total of three cases have been reported in KPK and five in Pakistan”. He said that water sample of Shaheen Muslim Town had been positive and kids living in that area are much vulnerable to polio virus.

Talking about the two new cases, he said the first polio case of the current year had been reported from Bara Banda district Nowshera, hometown of KP chief minister, and one of the latest cases is from district Hangu, both the children are Afghan nationals.

Polio virus affected children are not responsible what had happened with them, but only their parents, because they ever refused vaccinating their kids to protect them from the crippling disease, he was of the view.