Pakistan wants to finally eradicate polio

Pakistan wants to start in the face of a sharp rise in cases of polio an emergency vaccination campaign. The campaign will be carried out according to the testimony of the chief of the Anti-Polio programme, Babar Bin Atta, starting Monday, in twelve districts of the country. Since the beginning of the year, the authorities had already been 41 Polio cases have been registered.

A United Nations-funded Polio vaccination programme has helped Pakistan to control the spread of the disease. The number of affected children was compared declined in the year 2018 on 12 304 in the year 2014.

Now, however, the number of cases is on the rise again. Alone this week, four new cases had been reported in the provinces of Beluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said Atta. The parents had refused vaccination of their children, because they fear damage to your health.

In Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly in the past Impfteams and helpers killed. Only at the end of may, the Pakistani authorities, seven had closed private schools. School administrations would put you up to this, employees of an ongoing vaccination campaign attack. In addition, hundreds of parents would have refused to have their children vaccinated.

Permanent paralysis is possible

Polio is a disease of a highly contagious virus. Although the Virus causes the vast majority of those Affected have no complaints. However, in rare cases, infection can lead to permanent paralysis.

Polio viruses have been eradicated in almost all countries of the world. Pakistan is, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in addition to Afghanistan, the only country in the in the previous year, and so far this year, disorders with the wild type of polio virus were reported.

In Germany were registered according to the Robert Koch Institute since the Nineties, no infections with the polio virus more.