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Eradicating polio from Pakistan: Multiple doses of vaccine needed to ensure immunity, say experts

In 2017, Pakistan was on the brink of declaring victory against the polio virus. That year, the country, one of the last bastions of the virus in the world, had reported its lowest number of cases in almost three decades.

Three years down the line, health authorities — both local and international — are scratching their heads over how to mitigate the crisis. In the current year so far, the country has reported 72 polio virus cases — a far cry from the eight reported in 2017. The preceding year was even worse, when 134 cases were reported in 2019, sounding alarm bells across the world.

According to the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme (PPEP), “conflict, political instability, hard-to-reach populations, and poor infrastructure continue to pose challenges to eradicating the disease”.

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