Pak reports negative polio samples for first time ever

  • AP
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 08:48 IST

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani health official said that for the first time in the country’s history, all the previous month’s environmental samples for polio have tested negative — a sign of progress in the campaign to eradicate the virus in Pakistan. Dr Rana Safdar, the head of the National Emergency Operation Centre, said on Monday a total of 40 samples were collected from 14 cities in mid-April under the supervision of WHO. Pakistan and Afghanistan are among the only countries left in the world where polio is endemic.

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