A health worker administering polio drops on a child. — APP/File


A health worker administering polio drops on a child. — APP/File
  • Last positive sample in Bannu was detected on September 27, 2022. 
  • Out of the 32 environmental samples detected this year, 22 were from KP.
  • Genetic sequencing results show that the detected virus was linked to a case reported from North Waziristan.

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Polio Laboratory has confirmed the detection of Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1) from an environmental sample collected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district this month, making it the 10th such sample collected from the area this year, officials told The News.

The latest sample means that the total number of positive environmental samples collected this year has reached 32, the official told the publication. Out of the 32 samples, 22 were detected from KP, he added.

Out of the 22, 10 samples were from Bannu, five each from Peshawar and Swat and one each from Nowshera and South Waziristan.

Moreover, eight positive samples have been collected from Punjab, including three each from Lahore and Rawalpindi and one each from Bahawalpur and Sialkot, while one positive sample each from Sindh (Karachi) and Islamabad have also been detected this year.

In 2021, 65 positive environmental samples were detected in the country.

Giving details of the new positive environmental sample, the official said the environmental sample was collected on October 3, 2022 from the Hinjil Noorabad site in Bannu.

This was the 10th positive sample from District Bannu in 2022.

“The previous positive sample in the district was detected on September 27, 2022. The last Wild Poliovirus case from the district was reported in April 2020. The last polio campaign in the district was conducted from September 22 to 25 (mop-up in 9 UCs),” he said, adding that October’s polio campaign in the district started on Tuesday.

The genetic sequencing results show that the detected virus (new positive sample) is linked to a case reported from North Waziristan.

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