Jaipur: Turning a blind eye to the polio eradication programme, Pakistan has created new fears of transmitting the disease to the Indian territory. The World Health organization (WHO) has expressed serious concern on the spread of polio virus (type 1) in Pakistan which may play havoc in India that has almost emerged polio free owing to its sincere efforts.

According to sources, Rajasthan which is bordered by Pakistan is the most threatened from the disease. The virus attack looms large on the two districts: Jaisalmer and Barmer. Several families in these districts have their relatives in the neighbouring country and often visit them on a regular basis.

Observing the seriousness of the situation, Rajasthan health department has instructed the district health officials to pay heed and take precautionary measures to checkmate the polio. 

Also, other bordering districts like Amritsar and many towns in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat have also been directed to keep a strict vigil in this regard. Children are regularly vaccinated at Wagah border and Attari railway station in Punjab, Munabao station in Rajasthan and Command PHC and Chakan-da-Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to WHO records of past few years, polio virus is found in four nations of the world, namely India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Though no fresh case has been discovered in India recently, the country is yet to be included in the list of polio-free nations.

JPN/Bureau