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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