Two more cases of polio were found within the country over the weekend, taking the tally for the year to 41.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Sindh and Balochistan have reported one case each.

In Sindh, a 14-month-old boy contracted the poliovirus in Kingri Tehsil of Khairpur district.

“The child from Balochistan is an eight-month-old male boy in Bazar-i-Kona union council of Pishin district. All his four limbs are paralysed. The child’s socio-economic status is poor as his father may be a farmer,” a political candidate said.

Polio may be a highly communicable disease which mainly affects children under the age of 5. It invades the system and might cause paralysis or maybe death.

While there’s no cure for polio, vaccination is that the simplest thanks to protecting children from this crippling disease.

Each time a toddler under the age of 5 is vaccinated, his or her immunity against the virus is strengthened. Repeated immunisations have protected voluminous children from polio, allowing the majority of countries within the world to become polio-free.

There are only two countries — Pakistan and Afghanistan — from where polio has not been eradicated. Pakistan remains under a polio-linked travel restriction imposed by the globe Health Organisation which makes it mandatory for each citizen travelling abroad to hold a vaccination certificate.