Polio eradication — still a dream

KARACHI: The discovery of a second polio virus case in Afghan settlements of Karachi has put the efficacy of the numerous polio drives under question that are timely conducted by the authorities concerned. Only when the dream of a ‘polio-free Pakistan’ seemed closer, the case has pushed it further away. The reason for the virus not being able to be completely eradicated also stems from the perception the populace in question holds against the vaccination. They believe it to be un-Islamic and part of a Western agenda. But considering that provincial governments are spending millions on polio drives and yet many parents refuse to have their children vaccinated, the huge amount are being wasted. A policy should be devised to change the mindset of misguided individuals first and then simultaneously hold campaigns to eradicate polio from the country.

Sameen Ahmed

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2018.

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