Pakistan's tribal areas are nearly polio free after military operations defeated the militants, health officials say.

The Taliban destroyed hundreds of health facilities in FATA and KP, but health workers are returning after the Pakistani military eliminated militants from the areas.

The government has appointed over 2,000 doctors, including 700 women, to improve health care in areas hurt by militancy.

The Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication urges parents to defy the Taliban’s propaganda and vaccinate their children.

Militants hamper global efforts to protect children against polio, authorities say.