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Rotary representatives expressed dissatisfaction over poor arrangements at the international transit point.—AFP/File
Rotary representatives expressed dissatisfaction over poor arrangements at the international transit point.—AFP/File

QUETTA: The Rotary International has assured the Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of its support for improving the polio vaccination campaign along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

During a meeting with EOC Coordinator Dr Syed Saifur Rehman on Friday, Rotary representatives Asher Ali and Dr Muhammad Hanif expressed dissatisfaction over poor arrangements at the international transit point and pledged complete support of their organisation.

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Representatives of the World Health Organisation, Unicef and partner agencies attended the meeting held with Dr Sarfaraz Jamaldini of the WHO in the chair.

Dr Jamaldini gave a briefing on polio eradication campaigns at transit points near Afghanistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and the agency’s efforts in this regard.

The meeting, on identification of weaker areas, decided to improve arrangements and performance of the campaign.

The meeting was informed about better arrangements on the Afghan side of the border upon which Rotary officials promised to provide all help needed to improve the situation on this side of the border.

Dr Rehman cautioned against negligence and thanked the Rotary International for their support.

Published in Dawn, May 30th, 2015

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