A Polio-Free Pakistan: The cure is persistence

26 Oct, 2019
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World Polio Day    OpEd   publushed in The Daily Tines 


On October 24, we mark World Polio Day as many countries in the world will be able to celebrate knowing that their country is polio-free. The crippling virus has been eliminated in most countries, but Pakistan is one of the last places where polio is endemic. Of particular concern, cases of the disease, which mainly affects children under the age of five, are on the rise, according to the prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication.

Conflict, a distrust of vaccines and the people who administer them, security concerns surrounding polio workers in the field, and general misinformation about vaccinations have led to reluctance and resistance to vaccinating children and violence against health workers. Together, these factors are holding Pakistan back from finally eradicating this disabling disease.

Vulnerable children in Pakistan are missing out on vaccinations…   
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This entry was posted on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 2:44 pm and is filed under Blog.

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