Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pakistan and Afghanistan work towards the eradication of polio

Pakistan and Afghanistan are believed to be in the final stages of polio eradication in the region, Reuters reported today. While polio has been completely eliminated from all developed countries, it continues to plague various developing countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Vaccination teams will attempt to reach children in the region by distributing vaccination injections door-to-door. While the two nations will work individually to eradicate the disease, it is also crucial that they work together. As people continue to move between Pakistan and Afghanistan, it is easy for the disease to continue to pass between the neighboring countries. Therefore, in addition to the vaccination house calls, the health ministries will also set up five vaccinations centers along the border, as it is estimated that half a million children pass through the Afghanistan/Pakistan border each year.

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