Polio virus in Lahore: Sample Tests of water gathered from Lahore’s sewage have been observed containing polio-virus, according to health authorities.
Lahore: The Department of Health Punjab affirmed the presence of polio-virus in the city’s sewerage waters subsequent to testing tests collected from Outfall Road on July 11.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling childhood disease caused by the polio virus, and preventable through immunisation. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, that suffers from endemic polio, a childhood virus that can cause paralysis or death. Terming the consistent presence of the virus in Lahore’s sewage a challenge, the health department has summoned a meeting of concerned officials over the issue.
The department has also decided to propose inclusion of all areas of the city in a polio vaccination drive commencing from August 6.