Pakistan closer to eliminating polio – officials


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is moving closer to eradicating polio, officials said on Tuesday, with no fresh traces of the crippling childhood disease found in sewage samples taken from 40 high-risk sites across the country over April. “This is in line with our objective of eliminating polio by the end of the year,” said Rana Safdar, national coordinator of the Emergency Operation Center tasked with eliminating the disease which is endemic to Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. He said 11 new polio cases have been recorded in humans since the start of the year compared to 25 in the same period in 2015, a year which itself saw an overall decline in incidents of the disease. April was the first month since testing of sewage began that zero samples taken from 40 high-risk urban sites tested positive.


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