24 January 2017 – Humanity is on the verge of one the greatest public health achievements in history – eradicating polio. In 2016, fewer children were paralysed by polio than in any other year globally, and in Pakistan. Despite many challenges faced by the polio programme, Pakistan has made strides towards stopping transmission and in 2017 is the closest it has ever been to reaching that goal. After many years the highly transmittable yet vaccine preventable virus is finding that there are very few places left to hide.
In 2016, thanks to the support of the United Arab Emirate's Pakistan Assistance Programme polio campaign phase III, more than 10.6 million children across Pakistan’s highest risk districts were reached with the most vital health intervention for protection against polio: 2 drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV).
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There have been unconfirmed reports of the presence of chikungunya virus in Karachi, Sindh, especially in areas of Malir.
The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Department of Health of Sindh Province and World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan are working closely in the wake of these unconfirmed reports and carrying out epidemiological investigations. However, while the investigations continue, it can be clarified that no cases of chikungunya virus have yet been confirmed till date and any information circulating with regard to confirmation of any case is incorrect and misleading.
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