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Vaccinators row through recent floods in Punjab, Pakistan, to reach childrenPolio eradication campaigns aim to interrupt transmission of wild polioviruses by immunizing all children under 5 years of age. Floods did not prevent vaccinators to reach every child in Layya districts in Pakistan during September subnational immunization days. WHO/Navin24 October 2012 – Polio eradication partners around the world are marking the first World Polio Day since India was removed from the list of countries with active transmission of wild poliovirus. This development opened up a historic opportunity to complete polio eradication in the remaining endemic countries, powered by the World Health Assembly declaration of polio eradication as an ‘emergency for global public health’ and implemented through polio national emergency programmes run by the governments of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2014–2015




Afghanistan 28 28
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 306 306
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1
Total 2014 342 342
2015 (up to week 48 ending 29 November 2015)
Afghanistan 17 17
Pakistan 43 43

Total 2015



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