Need for Po­liofree Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

HAMNA RINDANI

While there are coun­tries like In­dia and Nige­ria that have been de­clared Po­lio-free by WHO in last few years, there are only two coun­tries where po­lio is still en­demic: Pak­istan and Afghanistan and vac­ci­na­tion work­ers in Pak­istan are still be­ing killed by the Tal­iban.

The in­ci­dent of seven po­lice of­fi­cers shot dead while pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity to po­lio work­ers was de­plorable. Un­til po­lio is glob­ally erad­i­cated, all coun­tries are at risk, and the re­gion’s po­lio-free sta­tus re­mains frag­ile. Once po­lio is erad­i­cated, the world can cel­e­brate the de­liv­ery of a ma­jor global pub­lic good that will ben­e­fit all peo­ple equally, no mat­ter where they live. —Via email

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