Anti-polio efforts soon to be successful: commissioner

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday said soon the anti-polio efforts would bear fruits in the country.

“Sooner Pakistan would join polio-free countries. Though, difficulties persist, but it is not impossible to get the status of polio-free country,” he said while addressing a meeting with Chairman Anti-polio Technical Group World Health Organisation (WHO) Jean-Marc Olive, Regional Team Leader WHO Dr Christopher Mahar, representative of Gates Foundation Pakistan Altaf Bosan and other relevant officers at his office.

The meeting was held keeping in view the recent announcement by UN of declaring Nigeria out of list of polio-hit countries.

Commissioner Karachi informed the meeting about the efforts made by the government for polio eradication. He said the government had made steps on priority and practical.

He said a review committed had been formed in eight sensitive union councils in Karachi to make the efforts of relevant organizations effective.

“The anti-polio committee consists of representative of Unicef, officers of Sindh Health Department, anti-polio health officers, doctors and volunteers. Hopefully, soon the remaining children and all the other kids would get the vaccination,” he said.

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