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Between 2007 and 2018, there was a gradual decline in reported polio vaccination, however 2020 witnesses significant rise (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)

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Islamabad, April 09, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2007, respondents were asked “During the past year, have you administered polio drops to the children in your household during any polio campaign?” In response, 76% said yes claiming they had administered polio drops to the children in their household during a polio campaign while 24% said no. 

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, 81% said yes, while 19% said no. 

Trend Analysis: Despite continued government and NGO efforts to curb Polio from Pakistan and to vaccinate children across the country, there was a significant decline among the proportion of households who vaccinated their children against Polio when the percentage fell from 76% in 2007 to just 59% in 2018.  However, with the reemergence of Polio cases and renewed efforts to eradicate the disease, the percentage in 2020 rose by a significant 32%. 

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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