Pakistan Polio Update – August 2017

The Pakistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan.

August updates include:

  • Two new cases of polio reported – the total for 2017 is now five
  • At a meeting of the National Task Force on Polio Eradication chaired by the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, it was reaffirmed that polio eradication remains a priority for Pakistan.
  • Polio vaccination campaigns took place in priority areas of the country in August, aiming to reach 2.75 million children.
  • The programme is preparing for the low season for polio virus transmission which begins in September.

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