According to a report by Pakistan’s National Institute of Health (NIH), the country reported its first polio case of 2023 on Wednesday. The case was reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s South Waziristan district.
The affected child, a two-year-old girl, was administered the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) a day before.
Polio is an infectious disease that mainly affects children under the age of five and can lead to permanent disability or even death. Pakistan is one of the few countries still struggling to eliminate the disease.
The government has been running a nationwide campaign to vaccinate children and eradicate the disease, with the help of international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO).
The government has also introduced a number of measures to ensure that the vaccine remains effective and to minimize the risk of transmission. These measures include improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, ensuring routine immunization, and conducting surveillance activities.
It is encouraging to see that the government is taking the necessary steps to eradicate polio from the country, and we hope that the current campaign will be successful in eradicating polio from the country.