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Afghanistan, Pakistan threat to success of polio eradication: Experts – India Today

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The representatives from India, Canada, Australia, United States, France, and New Zealand recently met at a conference on protection from polio in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Presenting their views on the subject, the representatives termed the polio eradication campaign as largely successful. However, they stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan are threats to the campaign’s success.

India National PolioPlus of India told India Today that despite being polio free, polio cases are being seen in a large numbers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 2019, 117 polio cases reportedly came to light in Pakistan and 26 cases in Afghanistan.

According to sources, the virus can easily travel to India.

The conference also issued an appeal to the people of India to ensure that every child till the age of five years is given polio drops regularly.

Speaking on the matter, social activist Amir Qureshi told India Today that some orthodox Muslims have created this misconception that polio drops cause infertility, which is completely incorrect.

“It is globally known that the polio drops are safe and if any religious leader or cleric forbids someone from giving his kid polio drop, he should be opposed,” said Amir.

“There is no medical reason to not give polio drops to the kids as it saves lives,” he added.

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