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Only 8 polio cases reported in Pakistan last year

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LAHORE: Pakistan is nearing to be a polio-free country with only eight new cases of the disease reported and none in the province of Punjab last year, Director Health Services Punjab Dr. Munir Ahemd said here today. 
Talking to APP, Dr Munir said three cases each were reported in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Balochistan, and one each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
He said Pakistan would soon become polio-free as active efforts were being made to achieve the target. About the current four-day anti-polio drive, he said some 19.2 million children across the country had been administered polio drops.
It may be mentioned that the National Action Plan for Polio Eradication is being implemented in the province with full vigor and international agencies have also acknowledged the Punjab government’s efforts in this regard.
Dr. Munir said the people’s cooperation was crucial in combating polio. All the departments concerned should play their due role in enhancing public awareness about the crippling disease, he added.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.