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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 2013–2014




Afghanistan 14 14
Pakistan 93 93
Somalia 194 194
Syria 35 35
Total 2013 336 336
2014 (up to week 51 ending 21 December 2014)
Afghanistan 26 26
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 291 291
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1

Total 2014



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