A Talk with Dr. Mohsin Khurshid on Polio eradication in Pakistan

A Talk with Dr. Mohsin Khurshid on Polio eradication in Pakistan

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By: Saadeqa Khan

Dr. Mohsin Khurshid is working as an Assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has completed his Ph.D. (Microbiology) from the Institute of Antibiotics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In this conversation, Dr. Khursheed briefly talked about the main reasons for the Polio campaign failure in Pakistan. There are significant inequalities in the availability of resources and immunization coverage among the provincial and district levels with better coverage in Punjab and inferior coverage in Balochistan and FATA. Moreover, the implementation of vaccination campaigns is quite variable with reports of false compliance, lack of vaccination registration records, vaccinator satisfaction towards the financial incentives, or delays in salaries or payments. The power interruption and lack of equipment made it tough to maintain the cold chain necessary for OPV efficacy.

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The low immunization coverage and several socioeconomic factors, such as poverty, illiteracy, and lack of access to immunization and community health services, contribute much towards the polio campaign failure.

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