Although India has succeeded in eradicating polio from the country, the virus may still find its way here from Pakistan, according to a health expert, who has been working in this field for the last 13 years.
In 2013, 341 polio cases were reported worldwide, up from 250 in 2012. Pakistan is one of the three countries where the polio virus is still rampant. And India, which turned polio-free in 2011, is vulnerable as a lot of people from Pakistan come to India every year, said Dr Carol Pandak, director of Rotary International’s polio eradication program. Peshawar and Rawalpindi, from where maximum traffic comes to India, are the two most polio affected cities of Pakistan.