KARACHI: The presence of the wild poliovirus has been detected from samples taken from all major areas of Karachi, official data revealed on Saturday, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the eradication program in Pakistan was no longer on-track.
The latest environmental survey carried out by the Emergency Operation Cell team shows the presence of the wild poliovirus (WPV1) in 11 different parts of Karachi. Areas which are heavily affected include Gadap, Gulishan-e-Iqbal ,Landhi, Saddar, Korangi, Orangi Town, SITE, and Liaqatabad.
According to the survey, the samples were collected between April and May this year from six locations of Gadap, four locations of Gulishan-e-Iqbal, and two locations each of Saddar, Landhi, and Orangi Town—areas known to be the hub of the WPV1.
This was the first time that the presence of the wild poliovirus has been detected from samples at such a large scale in the country’s most populous city.