Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has criticized Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf(PTI) government for inability to handle the rising number of polio cases in the country. The continuously increasing cases and the government’s inability to tackle them are being a cause of rising concern among the stakeholders as well as the general public.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has subjected the federal government to harsh criticism for not having a proper roadmap against polio. She said that due to the government’s poor performance, Pakistan’s global polio eradication programme is under threat.
“Mr Prime Minister, as you may not have watched television, let me tell you that during the current year the number of polio cases has reached 62. You should take notice of polio and dengue cases which are increasing on a daily basis,” she said.
Due to the incompetence and inefficiency of the current government, many succesfullu running programs, including the polio eradication program has failed, added Aunrangzaib. Marriyum said that the recent report Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Polio is a ‘charge sheet’ against the government.
TAG concerned over the rise of polio in Pakistan:
The apex evaluation body of the World Health Organisation, TAG, has shown serious concerns over the rising number of polio cases and the deteriorating situation in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa particularly.
Marriyum said in 2014, the reported cases had shrunk to 306 in 2014 because the PMLN government was adopting a better strategy towards tackling the crisis.
“In July 2018, only three cases were reported from Balochistan, but after that, the situation started deteriorating and during the current year the number of reported cases has reached 62 which is the highest count in the past six years,” she said.
She concluded saying that in the past, the international organizations were appreciating Pakistan’s efforts towards eradicating polio, but today they are showing concerns.
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