Web Desk (October 24, 2018): World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24 globally to generate awareness for the eradication of polio.
Pakistan has been battling polio for the past several years and is close to completely eradicating the disease. The number of cases declined from 306 in 2014 to 54 in 2015, 20 in 2016 and eight in 2017.In 2018, six polio cases have so far been reported. As Pakistan is one of the only three countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, that suffers from endemic polio.
According to the WHO, the number of polio cases worldwide has fallen by more than 99 percent since 1988. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed his resolve to eradicate the polio virus from Pakistan.
He tweeted: ‘Our government is fully committed to ending polio in Pakistan. On #WorldPolioDay, I am confident, together with our people, we will achieve a safer, healthier and polio-free Pakistan for our children.’Two new polio cases surfaced in Karachi and Khyber Agency, bringing the total number of polio cases to six this year.
A four-year old girl was diagnosed with polio in a tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and another case was identified in Karachi, National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication confirmed. The virus failed to cause any clinical paralysis to the children.
Earlier this month, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has reiterated his resolve to eradicate polio from the province of Sindh by intensifying vaccination campaigns and launching awareness drives.