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Pakistan, Campaign, anti-polio 40 million children
the ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews/Agencies) – today the first national campaign of vaccination against polio in Pakistan, after the surge of new cases recorded last year. You learn it by Asianews. According to the authorities of Islamabad, about 40 million children will be immunized against the disease that affects the central nervous system. The campaign will be carried out by almost 265mila health workers who go house to house in search of children under 5 years of age not yet vaccinated.

Vaccinations anywhere, except in Karachi. The vaccinations will be carried out throughout the territory except in Karachi, where operations began last week. The goal of doctors is to prevent new infections. A few days ago, the national Institute of health has confirmed five cases in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, bringing The total number of sick people to 17 from the beginning of 2020. Last year in the Country there have been 144 cases reported, 12 in 2018 and eight in 2017.

The geographical spread and the intensity of the virus. The dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, the coordinator of the national Centre for emergency operations, argues that the current geographical spread and the intensity of transmission of the virus is a real risk for all children in pakistan. “To reach every child, he adds, during the national campaign door-to-door will provide a boost the immune necessary for our children and ensure them to be protected from the paralysis for the whole life”.

The infection due to mistrust. According to experts, the infection is mainly due to the mistrust of the parents. In the past, taliban militants have attacked the groups of vaccinators, accusing them of making the health campaigns to sterilize the children, and espionage. Pakistan and Afghanistan are among the only three Countries in the world, together with the Nigeria – where polio virus is still endemic. According to the world health Organization, the disease is one of the most serious that affect children in the first years of life. The virus is in fact attacks the cells of the central nervous system, destroying the nerves, and get to cause paralysis or death in acute cases.

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