Polio surveillance to be improved along Pak-Afghan border: EOC coordinator

QUETTA: Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Coordinator Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman has said the polio surveillance would be increased along with Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan in order ensure that every single child crossing the border is vaccinated anti-polio drops.

Addressing a meeting at EOC at Civil Secretariat, Dr. Saifur Rehman said not a single family would be allowed to either enter or leave the country via Pak-Afghan until the children below the age of five is vaccinated. “The civil administration and security guards at bordering areas would ensure that the child is vaccinated and carry the cards regarding polio vaccination,” he told the participants.

The Frontier Corps Balochistan would be requested to deputy paramedics’ staff at bordering towns to vaccinate the children. “It is sad and tragic that Pakistan is among the three countries in the world which are still struggling to get rid of this crippling virus,” he said. “There is a need to improve the performance at bordering areas with Afghanistan, since both Pakistan and Afghanistan are unable to eradicate the poliovirus.”

He said ILR would be set up along with points near Pak-Afghan border and the vaccinators would be provided all the facilities in order to ensure that not a single child is missed.

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