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KPK on way to getting rid of polio

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on its way to getting rid of polio in line with goal set forth in the National Emergency Polio Eradication Plan, which seeks to halt circulation of polio by December 2016 before its eradication in 2017, according to experts.

They said that Pakistan was on its way to be declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation. For the purpose, the country needed to remain polio-free for three consecutive years, they added.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has cut down polio cases by half as it had 14 polio cases in 2015 which slipped to seven in 2016. Pakistan recorded 39 cases in 2015 compared to 14 this year. It shows an overall improvement in the battle against poliomyelitis.

“Despite marked success, we are laying focus on unvaccinated children and addressing refusals against vaccination in the areas, which weren’t covered,” said the experts.