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Health workers keep up fight as Pakistan marks one year polio-free

Health workers go door-to-door on the outskirts of Pakistan’s Mardan metropolis, dripping bitter doses of polio vaccine into infants’ mouths. The final an infection of the wild poliovirus was recorded on January 27, 2021, in keeping with officers, and Friday marks the primary time in Pakistan’s historical past {that a} year has handed with no new circumstances. To formally eradicate the illness, a nation have to be polio-free for 3 consecutive years — however even 12 months is a very long time in a rustic the place vaccination groups are within the crosshairs of a simmering insurgency. Since the Taliban takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan, the Pakistan model of the motion has grow to be emboldened and its fighters often goal polio groups. “Life or death is in God’s hands. We have to come, we can’t just turn back because it’s difficult,” says Sidra Hussain, a well being employee concerned within the door-to-door vaccination programme.

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