Saturday, June 3, 2023

Polio Will be Eradicated from Pakistan by End of 2023: Unicef Director

A senior UNICEF official said the polio program in Pakistan was back on track and hoped that the crippling disease will be eradicated from the country by the end of 2023.

Regional Director for South Asia George Laryea-Adjei in an exclusive interview with APP, said the current data suggested that the virus was now under control in the country.

“We are using all available resources and services at our disposal to reach every girl and boy in Pakistan with lifesaving vaccines and protect them against the entirely preventable disease,” he said.

Pakistan’s resolve to become polio-free strains from the country reporting its first case in April to regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reporting 13 cases in July.

Appreciating the efforts of over 350,000 health workers traveling to all parts of the country to administer doses of the vaccine to every child, he said, “the program is back on track to stop all wild poliovirus transmission in 2023,”.

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