Govt striving to make country polio-free: NA informed

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed Tuesday that government is working on a comprehensive strategy to make the country free of polio.

Speaking on a call attention notice moved by Shaista Pervaiz and others regarding recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to ban travelling of Pakistanis abroad due to increasing cases of polio in the country, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that WHO’s recommendations are also for two other countries including Cameron and Syria.

She said that the government has convened a meeting of all the provincial health ministers and representatives of health departments today (Wednesday) to devise a strategy to address the issue.

She said the number of polio cases has increased due to several reasons including law and order situation in the country and issue of Dr. Shakeel Afridi.

The Minister of State said the cases were reported in FATA, Peshawar and some areas of Karachi. She said in Balochistan no case has been reported during the last two years and in Punjab for the last one year.

She said the Prime Minister is taking personal interest to address the issue and also held meeting with WHO head in this regard.

She said Imam-e-Kaaba is also expected to visit Pakistan next month and his help will also be sought in this regard. She said the religious scholars are also onboard on this issue.

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