Every single polio case be taken seriously till complete eradication: PM

  • Posted at: 29 Aug, 2017, in Health

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday said that even a single case of polio in the country should be taken seriously and no effort should be spared to ensure complete eradication of the disease from the entire country.While chairing a meeting of National Task Force on Polio Eradication, the prime minister reiterated firm commitment of the Government to rid the country from the polio.The prime minister said, “High mobility rates and existence of polio reservoirs across the border are among the major challenges facing complete elimination of polio, but we are fully determined to overcome them.”While briefing the meeting about the progress on the efforts for polio eradication, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Ayesha Raza Farooq said that 206 cases were reported in the country during 2014, but due to the consistent efforts of the present government and support from international partners, provincial governments, armed forces and law enforcement agencies, polio incidents had been significantly reduced.However, in 2017, only three cases had been reported so far, she added.She said that 38 million children were vaccinated during previous campaign and the Independent Monitoring Board had termed Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Program as one of the best efforts in the world.The meeting was informed that no polio case had been reported from FATA since July 2016. Similarly, Karachi and interior Sindh have also remained polio free since February 2016 and November 2016 respectively.Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar informed that an emergency program was initiated in 2013 andthat potential areas including Karachi, Quetta and rural Balochistan were being especially focused on to ensure that the virus was effectively checked and eliminated.The prime minister appreciated the role played by provincial governments, FATA administration and governments of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan in implementation of the National Polio Eradication program.Prime Minister Abbasi further stressed that routine immunization for polio should be further strengthened and assured full cooperation from the federal government.Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, PM AJK, CM Gilgit Baltistan and representatives of Punjab and Balochistan also briefed the meeting and expressed their full commitment to the program.The meeting was attended by Chairman Technical Advisory Group Dr. Jean Marc Olive, Country Representative UNICEF Angela Kearny, Team Leader UNICEF Dr. John Agbor and other representatives of international organizations. – APP


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