A recent study has revealed that majority of the victims of polio-virus are baby boys; whose parents refused to let their children drink the drops due to the fear of infertility.
The study, conducted out by the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), has concluded that more than 70 per cent of the polio cases in Pakistan, this year, were males. Moreover, the research highlights that people still believe on the years-old myth that drinking drops can lead to infertility in males.
A senior health official has revealed that about 14 cases have been confirmed in 2016, from which 10 are male children. The first case of polio-virus was confirmed in Karachi’s Gadap area on January 17, whereas, the last was reported from South Waziristan Agency on July 27.
The official said; “Three [male] out of five Pakistani kids confirmed to have been infected by the polio-virus were refused polio drops. One of the two cases among Afghan refugees was also of a male child, who had been refused drops.”
“I don’t know why they don’t understand that it [polio-virus causes infertility] is just a myth and the drops only killed the virus and protected kids from becoming a burden to their family,” he further added.