By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported that Pakistan saw five additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases in the past week, bringing the total for 2020 to 17.

The cases include four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and one in Balochistan province.

Pakistan reported 144 cases in 2019.

This week, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) António Guterres visited Pakistan during the first nationwide polio campaign of the year and vaccinated students with the polio vaccine. More than 39 million children across the country are set to be vaccinated during the February campaign.

There are currently 265,000 frontline workers who go door to door during campaigns to ensure that as many children as possible are vaccinated against polio.

He said, “Polio is one of the few diseases we can eradicate in the world in the next few years. This is a priority of the United Nations and I am extremely happy to see it is a clear priority for the Government of Pakistan.”

In related news, one policeman was killed and two others were injured this morning following the explosion of an improvised device detonated when the vehicle carrying them passed. The pickup truck is one of those involved in providing security to health workers.

Lastly, circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases were reported in Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia and Ghana.

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