Pakistan: WHO extends travel restrictions to Pakistan as polio endemic country – Times of India

Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) has extended the travel restrictions Pakistan For another three months as a polio-endemic country.
Daily Pakistan reported that the UN agency has extended the travel restrictions on the South Asian country by three months for being listed among the last polio-endemic countries.
30th Polio IHR Emergency Committee Noted the completion of surveillance review in Pakistan which found a high probability that the current wild poliovirus (WPV1) detection is valid.
“The major challenge in Pakistan is the ‘persistent missed children’ in the main reservoirs, which is being progressed through innovative approaches such as evening immunization teams, health camps, followed by tracking of missed and unavailable children. Is The handling of refusal, before the campaign begins and the use of pro-vaccination effectors, is completed,” WHO said.
Apart from Pakistan, the UN committee said that Afghanistan has failed to eradicate polio completely and may be responsible for the global spread of the virus.
thirtieth meeting of the emergency committee under international health regulations (2005) (IHR) was convened on 3 November by the Director-General of the WHO on the International Spread of Poliovirus, which was attended by members and advisors of the Committee via video conference, supported by WHO Secretariat,
The emergency committee reviewed data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived poliovirus (cVDPV). Technical updates regarding the situation were received in the following State Parties: Afghanistan, China, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Ukraine.