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Focus On Improving All Health Services, Not Disease-Specific Programs To End Polio In Pakistan

Nature: Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan
Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University and co-director of the Sick Kids Center for Global Child Health

“…In my view, vaccinating travelers will be ineffective and it could make polio harder to eliminate in the poor and conflict-ridden parts of Pakistan. … Instead of focusing on the vaccination of international travelers, Pakistan, the WHO and immunization services should provide immediate health care to displaced families and others in these high-risk areas. … Providing polio vaccines as part of a package of health services is a better way to engage local communities and religious leaders than through a narrow, polio-specific program…” (7/16).

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