PM's Polio Drive.


Pakistan is still battling the poliovirus and is one of the two countries in the world where the virus still exists. Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has announced the launch of the government's polio eradication efforts, which aims to vaccinate around 39.6 million children by around 260,000 vaccinators. While the focus is on getting the maximum children vaccinated, and the PM has requested parents to approach vaccination centres in case anyone is missed out, it is going to be especially challenging for the government to eradicate the virus along with vaccinating children because the main criticism of the previous government by the current one was that they have not worked to eradicate the virus itself.

During the government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML: N), the polio eradication programme was able to bring down numbers of polio cases. According to research, there were only 2 polio cases reported back in 2017 and the World Bank was hopeful that Pakistan will be able to eradicate the virus, especially after the government decided to penalise those parents who refused to vaccinate their children. It is important that the government tackles misconceptions regarding polio vaccination so that the lives of the polio workers are not endangered.

There is a need to coordinate with private...

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