It is pleasing to know that UNICEF Representative Pakistan Angela Kearney believes that Pakistan would be polio free country by the end of this year. She lauded efforts of the government and said with collaboration of international organizations local authorities have successfully reduced polio cases in the country. If we look at stats, in 2014 almost 309 polio cases were reported in Pakistan but in 2016 drastic reduction reported as just 17 cases emerged. The fact also helped in reduction that due to security concerns in 2014 over 500,000 children could not be given polio drops. But due to continued efforts of the government despite the security threats, number of children without polio drops is much lower. It is a massive development considering the harsh reality that only three countries in the world including Pakistan are struggling to eradicate polio from their countries. In last few years, with emergence of polio cases, situation seemed very sensitive as Pakistan was on the verge of receiving many international sanctions. Many countries were also considering banning Pakistani travelers.
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