Polio cases surge in Pakistan

Pakistan is starting to learn the folly of Islamic militants who are blocking polio vaccine personnel from doing their jobs, heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year. This puts the country at significant risk of crossing the 199-mark officially recorded in 2000, or the 198 seen in 2011. Over the past two years, as many as 30 polio vaccine workers have been murdered by Islamic militants, focing vaccine workers to be accompanied by armed police as they go door-to-door looking for children to inoculate against a disease that has been eradicated in almost every other country in the world.

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