KP sees major drop in polio cases during 2018 as compared to last year
Talking to a private news channel, he said solid measures have been taken to uproot this disease from society. This year single digit was reported in overall polio cases with 99 per cent reduction in polio cases which is a good omen."Pakistan is closest ever to its goal of polio eradication," he added.
Polio always attacks our nervous system. It is an incurable disease, which can cripple your children for rest of their life. One drop of polio vaccination can save them from a lifetime of disability. #pakfightspolio #EndPolioNow pic.twitter.com/3WsNiReuVY
— SANA (@SanaJourno) December 31, 2018
He explained Pakistan is one of three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, however, there has been a massive decline in polio cases in the country since the launch of Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme in 1994.
Despite this remarkable progress in 2018, 344 cases have been reported from Tribal areas,117 from Balochistan; 52 from the Punjab, and 100 from Sindh.
He further urged the media to utilize their forum for creating awareness among the people about vaccination to save their children from the crippling disease.
EPI director said the credit for a remarkable reduction in polio cases went to the vaccination teams who had been striving to protect the children.
He said the federal and provincial governments are utilizing all resources to eliminate the disease from the country. He appreciated the role of media in countering negative propaganda against polio immunization campaigns.
The present government is committed to ending polio and doing all their resources to make it possible and provide a polio-free environment to the next generation, he added.
“Any child with low immunity will be where the virus will find refuge. We need to ensure all our children have received all of their routine immunizations and are vaccinated, with two drops, every time the vaccine is offered,” he mentioned.
“Parents who do not ensure vaccination of their children are risking health and lives of their own children as well as others around them. It is thus the responsibility of communities to help to identify and to vaccinate such children,” he urged.
“We are closest ever to the goal of polio eradication. But to achieve it, we must all come together as a nation to ensure that every child is vaccinated. This is the only way we can collectively ensure that we rid polio from our land,” he remarked.
Government support at every level and cooperation of communities and parents has been imperative in Pakistan's recent successes actualizing a case decline from last year.
He also urged the religious scholars to play their role to nullify the misconceptions about the polio vaccine.
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