[dropcap]E[/dropcap]radicating polio has been a global mission of the World Health Organization for quite some time. Polio:an infectious disease that spreads from person to personthatmainly affects children under five years of ageisoftenafatal diseaseandhas been completely eradicated from Western society. Despite progress in the Western world, there is no denial that polio is still a problem among Eastern society. The prevalence of polio has been endemic to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Among these three countries, Pakistan has seen a significant rise in polio cases over the last two years; the biggest spike was thispast year.
There has been a great deal ofcontroversy surrounding the vaccination. Various terrorist groups have banned the vaccination due to the pretense of another incident where DNA collection for a certain terrorist’s family was disguised as a hepatitis B vaccine. As a result, many polio vaccination workers and vaccination stations have been targeted. No one terrorist group has been identified, but it is evident that high risk areas are no longertheonlyplacesbeing targeted, but areas that used to be deemed as low-riskare alsonowcause forconcern. Cases of polioin Syria and Egypthave been tracedback to Pakistan.A misconstrued idea about the vaccine causing sterility among children is prevalent amidst many parents, preventing children from receiving the vaccination. It is imperative that the Pakistani government educateits citizensabout the disease and ensure that the administering of the vaccination can be done in a safe and secure environment. This isnot only avital part in promoting the eradication of polioglobally butis also a vital part in protecting children from a preventable disease.