WHO Recommends Mandatory Polio Vaccination for Pakistanis Traveling Abroad

Monday, May 5th, 2014 6:55:23 by
WHO recommends travel restrictions on Pakistan

World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that all travelers from Pakistan, Syria and Cameron must get vaccinated for polio before starting their international journey. WHO also recommended that all these three countries must declare a national health emergency to eradicate the polio virus. According to reports, the recent cases of polio in other parts of the world have been traced back to Pakistan. Thanks to Taliban and opponent of the polio vaccine in Pakistan who have been attacking polio vaccination workers, the whole nation will have to suffer.

WHO has included Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria in the list of the countries infected with wild poliovirus. According to WHO these countries are not currently exporting wild poliovirus to other countries, however,  these states continue to pose risk for the spread of new wild poliovirus in 2014.

WHO has recommended that Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria,  if already not have done so, should officially declare the interruption of poliovirus transmission a national public health emergency.

The countries should also ensure that all residents and visitors staying in the country for more than 4 weeks receive a dose of OPV or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to all international travel.

The affected coutnries will provide WHO with documentary evidence that wild poliovirus is no longer being exported then WHO remove it from the list of effected countries if other criteria is also met.

Taliban and a number of religious leaders oppose the polio vaccination of kids in Pakistan and a number of polio vaccination workers have been killed while working to vaccinate the children. The whole nation will now suffer due to ignorance of handful people in the country.

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