Polio (Poliomyelitis) is an infectious viral disease that mainly affects young children. The virus can be transmitted from person-to-person and is mainly spread through the fecal-oral route, or by any other common vehicle such as food or water. The virus once spread, can multiply in the intestine from where it can enter the nervous system and causes paralysis.
Pakistan is one of the very few remaining polio-endemic countries in the world. The only other two countries which are still plagued by the poliovirus are Afghanistan and Nigeria. However, Pakistan is taking steps to eradicate polio from the country forever.
Pakistan started the Polio eradication programme back in 1994 which has produced massive success and has caused polio cases in the country to drop significantly.
Just look at these recent pictures from Chitral where a polio team, despite freezing cold temperature, is performing their national duty.
Teams of polio go to every household in Pakistan in order to immunize young children. These teams have to go through a lot of hurdles to reach home and thanks to them, Pakistan has seen a significant drop in polio cases.
We want to thank these people from the bottom of our hearts to go above and beyond to make sure Pakistan is rid of this menace once and for all. To learn more about what steps Pakistan is taking to eradicate polio, click here.