Sufi singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Salman Ahmed has said that Pakistan is close to creating history by being a polio-free country as only 19 cases of the crippling disease were confirmed in the country in 2016.
According to data provided by End Polio Pakistan, only 19 cases of the polio virus were confirmed across the country with eight cases from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), eight from Sindh, one from Balochistan and two from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The number is a historic low when compared to 306 cases in the year 2014 and 54 in the year 2015.
— salman ahmad (@sufisal) December 28, 2016
Salman Ahmed, who in the past, also asked religious preacher Junaid Jamshed, cricketers Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad and television anchor Reham Khan to help him in his mission, also reshared a 2014 song he produced to help motivate polio workers and the nation at large.
Salman’s rendition of Ghalib’s poetry, loaded with information regarding Pakistan’s long fight with the disease, is a must watch.
The video also features a number of celebrities and personalities who helped him during his campaign.
In September 2015, Nigeria celebrated the news that polio is no longer an endemic in the West African country.
Now Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only two countries where the disease is prevalent.