1) Make sure that all children less than five years of age be administer polio drops whenever the immunization campaign conducted around the country.
2) All misconceptions about the vaccine are removed. The removal of misconception about the disease is a massive target as it is one of the major reasons of parents’ non-cooperation with vaccination teams especially in country’s rural area. Massive campaigns on print and electronic media should be carried out. In my point of view with the influx of private channels specially the news channels, country’s population are now most of the time viewing local channels and these channels can play a huge part in removing misconception about the vaccine and prompting parents to administer polio drops to their children.
3) Steps should be taken to build proper infrastructure as in our many parts of the country we do not have proper sanitation facilities. Rotary international will soon be launching a project to build 500 toilets in high risk districts but Pakistan need proper toilets in all parts of the country and government should take all steps so that hygiene is maintained as unhygienic environment also a cause of polio’s spread.
4) Budgetary allocation on health be massively increase. The audaciously low amount allocated in country’s budget for health & education sector is a clear indication of our government’s misdirected priorities. We need to reassess our priorities and bring them in line with the global perspective.
Polio eradication is crucial for Pakistan’s future as our people may face travel ban or other hassles like people going for pilgrimage may have to take polio drops irrespective of their age before embarking on the journey.
To prevent our self from global embarrassment, we as a nation must work together cohesively & seriously to make Pakistan polio free very soon. If India a country possessing 8 time more population then Pakistan can eradicate this menace in two years, I am sure that Pakistan can also eradicate polio if we honestly set our sight on this target.
A graphical comparison of 3 countries where polio exist
· Figures taken from report on WHO website