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Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive amid spike in instances


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ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities launched a brand new nationwide anti-polio drive on Monday amid a spike in new instances amongst kids, well being officers stated. It’s the sixth such marketing campaign this 12 months and can final for 5 days, aiming to inoculate kids below the age of 5 in high-risk areas.

The most recent drive was aimed toward Islamabad and within the high-risk districts in japanese Punjab and southwestern Baluchistan province. An identical marketing campaign shall be launched within the northwest within the first week of December.

Pakistan recurrently launches polio campaigns regardless of assaults on staff and police assigned to inoculation drives. Militants falsely declare the vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize kids. Since April, Pakistan has registered 20 new polio instances and the outbreak has been seen as a blow to the efforts to eradicate the illness, which may trigger extreme paralysis in kids.

Pakistan got here near eradicating polio final 12 months, when just one case was reported.

Since then, the brand new instances have been reported within the northwest, forcing the federal government to launch anti-polio drives at small intervals in high-risk areas throughout the nation. The final such marketing campaign was launched earlier this month.

Pakistan’s anti-polio campaigns are additionally supported by the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis which final month pledged $1.2 billion to the hassle to finish polio worldwide. The cash shall be used for the World Polio Eradication Initiative’s technique by means of 2026. The initiative is aimed toward ending the polio virus in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the final two endemic international locations, the inspiration stated final month.

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