Africa's polio progress
A YEAR has passed with Africa reporting no new case of wild polio for the first time, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The last case was reported in Somalia, a country located in the Horn of Africa, on August 11, 2014. However, violent insurgencies can hit the polio eradication drive in the continent. The present achievement is a milestone even though Africa cannot be officially declared poliofree as yet. The progress made by Africa will intensify pressure for action in the Pakistan and Afghanistan. Health experts hope that by 2018, polio will become the second human infectious disease, after smallpox, to be wiped out.