Government of Pakistan (GoP) launched anti Polio campaign in the country today.
The government started the anti Polio campaign in Pakistan to eliminate the disease from the country. Poliomyelitis or Polio is the childhood disease caused by the polio virus and immunization can reduce the chances.
The virus mostly affects children below 5. However, it has no cure and just multiple vaccinations can prevent a child from this virus. In addition, Polio can also lead to the irreversible paralysis.
Pakistan is among the only three countries who are still suffering from Polio. However, other two countries are Afghanistan and Nigeria. The good part is that number of cases is declining in Pakistan due to effective anti Polio campaign. However, they declined from 306 in 2014, 54 in 2015, 20 in 2016, and 8 in 2017.
World Health Organization (WHO) declares country a polio free state if no case reported for 3 consecutive years.
The anti polio campaign is launched in all over the country and millions of children will get polio vaccination during the three day campaign.