World Polio Day, observed annually on October 24th, aims to raise awareness about polio, a highly infectious viral disease. Polio, also known as poliomyelitis, primarily affects children under the age of 5. It spreads through contaminated fecal matter or respiratory droplets, leading to paralysis, muscle weakness, and in severe cases, even death. Despite significant progress in eradicating polio globally, it remains a threat in some regions. World Polio Day serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccination campaigns, public health interventions, and continued efforts to eliminate polio completely.
By working together, we can strive towards a world where polio is eradicated, ensuring healthier lives for future generations.