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  • Incidence of Wild Polio Virus circumstances decreases to zero in final 10 months, down from 84 reported circumstances in 2020
  • Viral presence in Pakistan’s sewerage methods diminishes, which has aided within the an infection’s containment.
  • Afghanistan the first supply of Wild Polio Virus, which enters Pakistan by way of refugee migration.

The World Well being Group (WHO) has prolonged journey restrictions on Pakistan by three months attributable to it being the final polio-endemic nation, together with Afghanistan.

The WHO deemed Pakistan and Afghanistan to be harmful international locations in a current assertion by the Thirtieth Polio IHR Emergency Committee, stating that the 2 international locations have didn’t eradicate polio absolutely and could also be chargeable for the virus’s international unfold.

Pakistan, alternatively, has made outstanding strides in opposition to polio, because the incidence of Wild Polio Virus (WPV1) circumstances has decreased to zero within the earlier ten months, down from 84 reported circumstances in 2020.

The Committee noticed that Pakistan’s major drawback continues to be the ‘persistently ignored kids’ in core reservoirs, in addition to coping with parental refusals and troubling polio vaccination programmes in delicate areas.

Nevertheless, the committee famous that the viral presence in Pakistan’s sewerage methods has diminished, which has aided within the an infection’s containment.

In keeping with the WHO, Afghanistan is the first supply of Wild Polio Virus, which enters Pakistan by way of refugee migration. This poses a severe risk to Pakistan.

Polio surveillance will proceed in Pakistan for a further three months, and Pakistanis touring abroad can be required to show polio immunization.

The polio associated journey restrictions have been imposed in Pakistan in Could 2014.

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