World Polio Day is being observed all over the world today, according to medical experts, the number of polio cases in Pakistan has decreased by 65%.
Until last year, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria were the only three countries in the world where there was a disease like polio existed even in today’s advanced age. However, Nigeria became a polio-free country by defeating polio in August this year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that we have won 99% of the fight against this contagious disease and if both countries eradicate polio, the virus will be eradicated from the world.
Pakistan has seen dramatic changes in the fight against the polio virus in recent years.
There was a time when anti-polio vaccines were considered sterile in underdeveloped areas and people avoided feeding their children.
According to Dr. Iqbal Memon of Sir Syed Hospital Karachi, once he joined a campaign to raise awareness among the people against polio, he also heard from the people also have doubts that ‘monkey blood is mixed in the polio vaccine.
However, there has been a drastic change in people’s thinking in this regard due to the widespread awareness campaigns.
According to the data of End Polio Pakistan, the highest rate of polio cases in Pakistan was seen in 2014 when the number of poliovirus patients in the country reached 306.