South Asia

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Polio drive in SWAT: Children living in Pakistans swat valley were given polio drops after a gap of one year. An emergency polio drive was launched recently after the conflict-ridden valley reported 13 cases of the viral disease in the past four months. Health officials were denied access to the valley in the North-West Frontier Province by Taliban militants who consider polio vaccines un-Islamic and a conspiracy to make Muslim children infertile. Pakistan has confirmed 62 polio cases this year. The country is one of the four along with India, Afghanistan and Nigeria where polio is still endemic.

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