Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples in Pakistan

Fri Dec 15 2023
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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of poliovirus in environmental samples collected from five districts across the country, APP reported on Friday. The Ministry’s spokesperson revealed that the poliovirus was identified in two sewage water samples from Quetta, as well as in one sample each from Karachi Malir, Peshawar, Hub, and Tank.

Highlighting the robustness of the polio program’s surveillance system, the spokesperson assured that the government is implementing effective measures to combat the spread of polio. An integrated strategy has been devised to address the heightened risk areas for poliovirus transmission.

The spokesperson emphasized the importance of parents ensuring that their children receive the polio vaccine during every immunization campaign. Polio immunization campaigns play a crucial role in preventing the spread of the virus and protecting children from the debilitating effects of polio.

Pakistan Committed to Eradicate Poliovirus

Pakistan has been actively working to eradicate polio, and while progress has been made, the recent detection of poliovirus in environmental samples underscores the continued challenges in completely eliminating the disease. Ongoing efforts by health authorities, including strong surveillance systems and vaccination campaigns, are essential in achieving a polio-free Pakistan.

The Ministry of Health encourages community cooperation and urges parents to actively participate in vaccination drives to safeguard the health of their children and contribute to the overall success of the polio eradication initiatives.

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