Mass vaccination in Pakistan has been launched and this can lead to eradication of polio from the country within months.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan which are the two countries where polio remains endemic in the world, only a handful of cases – the lowest toll of cases in history, have been reported this year, a World Health Organisation spokesman has said.

Millions of children are expected to be vaccinated within three days. Because of logistic and security which are challenges the country faces in eradicating polio, police escorts will guard against Islamist militants who oppose the immunisation process.

Islamist militants have always claimed that the immunisation process is a western conspiracy to sterilise Pakistani children. Seven were killed in anti-vaccination attack in April.

According to the World Health Organization representative in Pakistan, there are about 70,000 medical staff with 12 million doses aimed to immunise almost 10 million children.

Author: Ope Adedeji