Pakistan

KARACHI/LAHORE (Staff Report) – A three-day anti-polio campaign kicked off across the country on Monday.

The polio vaccination drive is being carried out in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta and other cities of Pakistan.

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This year, six cases of polio have been reported in the country as compared to 54 cases reported last.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Fawad Rahmani ,11, makes his way home using his crutches and special braces from the ICRC September 25, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Fawad has had polio since he was 2 years old struggling up the hill to his small home. Health care is one of many problems facing Afghanistan even eight years after a war began to oust theTaliban regime along with billions of dollar in international aid. Afghanistan is still fighting to eradicate polio, one of the few countries still dealing with the disease. Earlier this month UNICEF launched an immunisation campaign targeting 1.2 million children, its aim is to immunise every child under five. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Health officials said that malnourishment increases chances of a child catching the crippling virus, therefore, they require over 10 doses of the polio vaccine to boost their immunity to resist the virus.