Pakistan: WHO expands travel restrictions to Pakistan as an endemic polio country

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended travel restrictions to Pakistan for another three months as a polioendemic country.
The UN body extended travel restrictions for the South Asian country by three months because it was listed among the last polio endemic countries, the Daily Pakistan reported.
The 30th Polio IHR Emergency Committee noted the completion of the surveillance review in Pakistan which found a high probability that the current detection of wild poliovirus (WPV1) is valid.
“The main challenge in Pakistan remains the ‘persistently missing children’ in the nuclear reservoirs, which are being promoted through innovative approaches such as deploying night vaccination teams, health camps, tracking missing and inaccessible children. IS is ready, deal with rejections before the campaign starts and use pro-vaccination influencers, “said the WHO.
In addition to Pakistan, the UN Committee noted that Afghanistan had failed to eradicate polio altogether and could be responsible for the global spread of the virus.
The thirtieth meeting of the emergency committee during International health regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of polioviruses was convened by the Director-General of the WHO on 3 November with committee members and advisers attending via video conference, with the support of WHO Secretariat.
The Emergency Committee reviewed data on wild-type polioviruses (WPV1) and circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). Technical updates were received on the situation in the following states: Afghanistan, China, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Ukraine.

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