Pakistan has reported no new case of polio in the last six months–what comes out as an achievement for country-wide anti-polio campaign.
According to Brigadier Shehzad Baig, an official of Pakistan’s polio eradication drive, Pakistan has come closest ever to achieve the goal of polio eradication with no wild polio cases in the last six months and consistent decline in the number of positive environmental samples.
The official has stated that the geographic distribution of the virus has been confined only to a few areas.
According to the report on the status of polio by the ministry of health, the significant decrease in the cases indicates that the virus is under immense pressure and finding it difficult to survive in the majority of the areas.
Meanwhile, Novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) is also being introduced in the country after being approved by DRAP.