ISLAMABAD: The incumbent government on Wednesday launched a new anti-polio campaign with a renewed zeal and focus after the country reported the third case of 2022.
PM Shehbaz while announcing the drive wrote on Twitter, “there is a complete synergy of thought and action among the provinces and other stakeholders to eradicate polio. A polio-free Pakistan is our national goal.”
We have launched a new anti-polio campaign with a renewed zeal & focus. There is a complete synergy of thought and action among the provinces & other stakeholders to eradicate polio. A polio-free Pakistan is our national goal.
He stated that all parties, including federal departments, provincial governments, and international organisations, had contributed significantly to the country’s polio eradication.
The Prime Minister commended international organisations for providing technical and financial support to Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign, notably the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Three instances of polio were reported in North Waziristan in April and May of this year, the meeting further informed.
Twenty-five districts in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been identified as being at high risk of poliovirus transmission. Between February 2021 and March 2022, no cases of polio were reported.