Afghanistan key source of polio disease in Pakistan: Imran

Published February 6, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan met a delegation of the Rotary International organisation which is also working for polio eradication.  — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan met a delegation of the Rotary International organisation which is also working for polio eradication. — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that poliovirus is spreading in the country from Afghanistan and that special arrangements are being made to monitor cross-border movement of people from the neighbouring country.

“Special arrangements are being made to monitor cross-border movement of people from Afghanistan and that will help prevent spread of poliovirus,” the prime minister was quoted as saying at a meeting with a delegation of Rotary International on Wednesday.

According to the Prime Minister Office (PMO), Mr Khan said that Pakistan’s biggest priority was to eradicate polio from the country as the government was taking all steps in its fight against the ailment.

Media reports said that Pakistan was one of the three remaining countries in the world where poliomyelitis (polio) was still categorised as an endemic viral infection. The others being Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The prime minister met a delegation of the Rotary International organisation which was also working for polio eradication.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza also attended the meeting.

The RI delegation also met Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday and the army chief lauded its role in the fight against polio.

During the meeting with the prime minister, Dr Zafar briefed the RI team about measures taken by the government to root out polio from the country and said that four million children under the age of five had been administered polio drops.

Dr Mirza said that in the ongoing drive, more than 100,000 security personnel and 250,000 polio workers had performed their duties.

Mr Khan said that the government would put to use all possible resources to get rid of the disease and measures were being taken to check cross-border (Pakistan and Afghanistan) movement of people.

He said the government valued every organisation working for eradication of polio from the country including RI.

During his meeting with RI delegation, Gen Bajwa discussed measures related to healthcare in Pakistan and the country’s battle against poliovirus and praised the contribution of the organisation in the eradication of polio from Pakistan.

He expressed the hope that collective efforts would lead to completely rooting out the disease from the country.

Published in Dawn, February 6th, 2020

Opinion

Karachi diary

Karachi diary

If govts could focus a bit more on infrastructure and transportation, the heart of Pakistan would be able to pump a lot more life and activity.

Editorial

Starting over
Updated 01 Mar, 2024

Starting over

Both govt and opposition must resolve that their decisions will prioritise the public good over anything else.
Missing the point
01 Mar, 2024

Missing the point

IN a change of heart, the caretaker prime minister attended the hearing of the Baloch missing persons’ case in the...
Fleecing power consumers
01 Mar, 2024

Fleecing power consumers

THE so-called independent inquiry committee, formed by the power ministry to probe charges of excessive billing by...
Unchanged rating
Updated 29 Feb, 2024

Unchanged rating

Unchanged Moody's rating underscores that fears of default will continue unless a new, larger loan agreement is reached with the IMF.
Silenced voices
29 Feb, 2024

Silenced voices

THE state suddenly seems to be acting more loyal than the king as far as respect for the judiciary is concerned. The...
Gwadar deluge
29 Feb, 2024

Gwadar deluge

GWADAR has been battered with severe rains — the worst since 2010 — with both the town and Ormara to its east ...