By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Pakistan reported three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases last week, bringing the country total to 63. The latest cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtoon, Punjab and Sindh.
The cases in Pakistan along with the 34 cases reported in Afghanistan brings the global total to 97.
In addition to the WPV1 cases, six additional circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases were reported from three countries–Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Philippine Red Cross has achieved more than its target for the last round of the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio in Mindanao, immunizing more children against the disabling and life-threatening disease.
Senator Richard J. Gordon, PRC chairman and CEO, said the PRC has reached 128% accomplishment of its target, immunizing 102,567 children against polio instead of its original target of 80,000 children for the last round of the program, which ended on August 2, 2020.
“I commend the staff and volunteers of our chapters in Mindanao who went beyond the call of their duty to achieve this. With the threat of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases emerging while we are engaged in the World War C (World War COVID) because vaccinations have been temporarily placed on hold during the quarantine period, these children have been placed in danger. Thank you for ensuring that more children, more than our target number, will now have immunity against polio,” he said.