Presence of polio virus confirmed in environmental samples

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has directed staff in Rawalpindi and Lahore to put forth extra efforts in the two districts following positive environmental sample.
“The NIH lab in Islamabad confirmed presence of polio virus in the environmental sample taken from Lahore and Rawalpindi in August and this indicates there is urgent need to immunize children from polio,” said advisor to Chief Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique.
Punjab Emergency Operation Center Coordinator Dr. Munir also called up a meeting of program units and development partners to discuss the positive environmental samples in the two cities.
Punjab has no polio case this year this year. Pakistan, overall has had 14 polio cases so far.
The presence of polio virus in the environment implies that population travelling from areas having polio virus circulation, must be specifically immunized.
It was decided that the NID being held throughout the country in the last week of September will be specifically focused and migrant and mobile population in these two cities will be given extra focus.

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