Crippling Polio disease moving towards the finish line

Peshawar: Poliomyelitis (shortly known as polio) was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries in the early 20th century. It paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every year. With 132 cases, the first outbreak of polio epidemic was from Vermont USA in 1894. Since then Polio is still a nightmare for many countries across the world, including Pakistan.

Among neighboring countries, India and Iran are polio free while Pakistan and Afghanistan are not. Pakistan had twice no. of cases reported in contrast with Afghanistan in 2016 (08:04).

Pakistan and EPI

The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was launched in 1978 in Pakistan with an aim of protecting children by immunizing them against Childhood Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, and Tetanus. The Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) was launched in Pakistan in 1994, 15 years after the launch of the EPI, with a mandate of performing routine immunization activities.

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About Aasia Niazi 6 Articles
Aasia Niazi is an ICT professional working with Development sector as IT and Knowledge Management expert. She has completed her education from Pakistan as well as holds a Masters degree from Sweden. Currently she is working with development sector as Data Manager, on a UNHCR funded project. Being a part time blogger and social media manager, she thinks this program will polish her skills to produce better data stories and blog posts.

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