SHANGLA: A polio case first emerged in the last two decades in the Shangla district after the virus was detected in an 18-month-old boy who lives in the Dedal Kamach area along the Indus river bank.
Dedal Kamach is connected to the districts of Buner and Torghar and is a border region of Shangla district.
According to the district coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Dr. Wajid Ali Khan, the case was reported by the locals and was later confirmed by the EPI team.
He said it was the first reported case in the district over the past two decades. The victim was identified as Ali Sher, son of Mayeen Khan.
When contacted, District Health Officer Dr. Mohammad Riaz Khan told Dawn that the child had not been vaccinated in routine campaigns and that a committee had been formed to investigate the case.
Meanwhile, a jirga was held in Nawy Kaly Dedal Kamach, of the trade union council of Nusrat Khel. Notable sites from various villages and police officers attended the jirga.
In speaking to the jirga, the elders said there was no resistance to the polio vaccine in the community and that all citizens were willing to inoculate their child. Despite this, they said, a case had arisen.
Ibadullah Khan, a social activist, also said that he has always cooperated with EPI staff in polio vaccination campaigns.
Posted in Dawn, June 16, 2019