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Why polio continues to be a health risk in Pakistan

By DW
16 September 2020   |   4:08 pm
After Africa was declared polio-free last month, Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries in the world where the disease is found. Why is polio surging in Pakistan and what can be done to curb the disease?

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