PM reaffirms govt's commitment to eradicate polio

The Nation  |  Dec 01, 2022

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the government of Pakistan is firmly committed to polio eradication from the country.

Talking to a delegation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Islamabad on Thursday, he reassured unwavering support and commitment to eradicate polio from Pakistan.

He said Polio has been eradicated from most parts of the country except certain pockets, which are being targeted through period vaccination campaigns. He said keeping the political differences aside, the whole country stands united to make Pakistan polio-free.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan will continue its efforts until the last child is vaccinated and Pakistan is polio-free. He said the whole Pakistani nation is thankful to our partners and donors, including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, UNICEF and WHO for helping in polio eradication from Pakistan.

The delegation was led by the Chair Polio Oversight Board and President Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Christopher Elias.

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The Prime Minister thanked the delegation for its untiring efforts regarding polio eradication in Pakistan. He also highlighted the government s efforts, which have resulted in containing the spread of the virus to the extent that major parts of the country are now polio-free whereby only a few pockets are left which are being targeted in the periodic polio campaigns. The Prime Minister also assured the delegation that the teams in the field are given high-level security and Pakistan will never allow anyone to sabotage this national effort.

Shehbaz Sharif directed the Federal Minister for National Health Services, Abdul Qadir Patel to immediately visit Peshawar and synergize efforts with the Provincial Government s authorities for gearing up efforts to vaccinate children against the polio virus, particularly targeting those pockets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where poliovirus is still present.

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The delegation also lauded the Prime Minister for keeping politics aside and working with the provincial governments for polio eradication from the country.

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