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UAE helping polio eradication in Pakistan

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(Dubai-AlummahWorld, Muharram 1, 1436, 25 Oct 2014) New cases of polio in Pakistan rising concern over containment of crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. World Health Organization and number of countries providing a sufficient aid to Pakistan to deal with polio.

According to Khaleej Times report, the UAE vaccinated more than 13.2 million children in Pakistan against polio between June and September 2014 as part of a campaign set up following directives from the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on an initiative by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

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Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE PAP was quoted as saying that during the UAE’s four-month effort to combat the deadly infectious disease, 13,238,701 Pakistani children were vaccinated, of whom 10,235,995 were in 25 areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 3,447,706 in the tribal regions.

Poliovirus only infects humans. It is very contagious and spreads through person-to-person contact. The virus lives in an infected person’s throat and intestines. It enters the body through the mouth and spreads through contact with the feces (poop) of an infected person and, though less common, through droplets from a sneeze or cough.

As of October 22, Pakistan reported 210 cases of paralysis caused by wild poliovirus in 2014. This is the highest number of cases on record through October in any year, and accounts for more than 85 per cent of all cases worldwide, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organisation, WHO, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and other agencies.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif directed authorities to launch a vigorous media campaign and measures on war-footing to make Pakistan polio-free.  He also issued orders that each person travelling from tribal areas will have to be vaccinated before entering the settled areas.