Pakistan begins nationwide polio vaccinations

A three day anti-polio campaign throughout the nation of Pakistan began on Tuesday in an effort to immunize against the potentially debilitating and paralytic disease in every corner of the country.   

The campaign began on Monday in multiple areas of the country, including the capital cities of the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Xinhua reports. All children, even those that live in remote areas of the country, will be provided with door-to-door anti-polio vaccinations by medical teams and volunteers.

The government of Pakistan has set up multiple teams of nurses to be stationed at transit and fixed points like railway stations, bus stands and airports to ensure that the vaccination against polio can be given to every child in the country.

Pakistan is one of the four countries in the world that still suffers a serious incidence of polio, according to Xinhua. Pakistan is working with multiple international aid agencies and non-governmental organization to end polio though their country.

According to the World Health Organization, polio, known as poliomyelitis, is an infectious viral disease that typically affects young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated water and food. It multiplies in the intestine to invade the nervous system. Many infected people have no symptoms but can still transmit the disease.

Those who do show symptoms may have fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, stiffness in the back and limb pain. The disease can lead to permanent paralysis and can only be prevented by immunization.