Polio drive was started in 1994 to eradicate the disease from Pakistan. Twenty three years later, the country has not been successful to combat this dangerous disease and is still one of the last three countries where polio virus exists. Although the number of polio cases has declined significantly – from 350,000 in 1998 to only 54 in 2015, the fact that children can contract the disease which leads to irreversible paralysis is alarming.
Government-backed polio campaigns have faced many challenges as well from suicide attacks to angry abuses from members of households. A lack of awareness among people is the biggest hindrance which is keeping the country from achieving the status of a polio-free state. The authorities must find out ways to create awareness among people and to win their confidence for successful polio drives in the future.
Mujahid Kohadi ( Turbat )