Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 06:29:02 pm
PM vows to make Pakistan polio-free
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November 09, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated the government's commitment towards a polio free Pakistan and assured that federal government will provide every possible support in achieving this target.

Chairing a meeting of the National Task Force on Polio Eradication in Islamabad on Friday, he said polio incidence is a very serious issue for the country as it jeopardizes the future of our children.

The Prime Minister urged the provincial governments to enhance efforts for complete polio eradication by spearheading campaigns at Chief Minister level and making community level engagements by involving prominent local elders and religious scholars.

Prime Minister's Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar bin Atta briefed Task Force that Pakistan's efforts for polio eradication have been recognized world over as polio cases have recorded an exponential decline since 1994.

Regarding the future course of action, it was briefed that the strategy needs to be implemented at the grass-roots levels with targeted awareness campaigns, countering propaganda and high level engagements with decision makers and religious scholars. 

 The Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan apprised the taskforce regarding measures taken at the provincial level for polio eradication.

Manager Polio Eradication WHO Dr. Christopher Maher praised the efforts and support of the government of Pakistan, provincial governments and security forces regarding polio eradication.

 

Chairman Senate calls on Prime Minister

Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday.

They discussed various issues of mutual interest.