LAHORE - Like other parts of the globe, World Polio Day will be observed across the country today (Saturday) to renew pledge for continuing fight against the crippling virus.

The World Polio Day is annually observed on October 24 to pay tributes to Jonas Salk, American medical researcher and virologist who led the first team that developed a vaccine against poliomyelitis. The completion of polio eradication is followed as programmatic emergency in global health sphere.

The World Polio Day gives an opportunity to renew pledge to work with more dedication, said DG Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz.

Punjab has introduced (inactivated injectable polio vaccine) IPV in routine immunization. Punjab will also switch to bOPV to tOPV by April 2016.

In 2014, Punjab accounted for 4 cases out of a total of 306 in the country. In the year 2015, there has been only one case so far out of a total of 38 in the country, an under-nourished 71-month old child in Chakwal, who escaped disability because of over 12 immunization doses. But statistically, that’s stands as a polio case, he added.