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Government working on comprehensive policy to deal polio

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

09th Mar, 2020. 02:55 pm
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Health Special Assistant

Health Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday said government working on comprehensive policy to deal polio.

Health Special Assistant chaired a meeting to review steps taken out to eradicate crippling disease of polio from the country.

Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday lauded role of media for making anti-polio drive successful.

Dr Zafar Mirza said the government is working on the comprehensive policy to deal polio.

He said the anti-polio drive remained successful in the month of February as compared to the December, last year.

“The government specially focusing the high-risk union councils of the country”, the SAPM on health said.

Dr Mirza further said the number of parents denying to administer anti-polio drops to their children, have saw a sharp decrease.

“Soon Pakistan will be made a polio-free state.”

The recently concluded anti-polio drive across Pakistan yielded more than expected results as 124,000 more children than the set target immunized during the country-wide campaign.

A five-day countrywide anti-polio drive immunized over 39.4 million children.

Around 2,65,000 anti-polio workers had participated in the drive across the country.

Earlier During a three-day visit to Pakistan, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UNSG) António Guterres, visited a kindergarten school in Lahore during the first nation-wide polio campaign of the year.

During this visit, the UNSG vaccinated three students with the polio vaccine.

The UNSG commented on the polio eradication efforts of the country, saying that,

“Polio is one of the few diseases we can eradicate in the world in the next few years.

This is a priority of the United Nations and I am extremely happy to see it is a clear priority for the Government of Pakistan.

My appeal to all leaders, religious leaders, community leaders, to fully support the Government of Pakistan and other governments around the world to make sure that we will be able to fully eradicate polio.”

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