Jan 10, 2012

‘Malnourishment major obstacle to polio eradication’.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed on Monday identified decreasing routine immunization and growing malnourishment among children under five as some of the major impediments to the eradication of polio from the province.
“When we look at the polio-positive cases of 2011 in the province, in most of the cases, children had either zero doses or they had multiple doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) but those who received OPV doses were found out to be extremely malnourished,” he told the participants of a seminar on ‘Paediatric Infectious Disease: Insights from Local Research’ at the Aga Khan University.

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