PM Khan takes notice of increasing polio cases, decides to head the drive himself

'Polio eradication is the topmost priority of the government', says PM.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the strict orders on Wednesday to investigate polio vaccination due to a recent increase in polio cases in the country. He also directed officials of the federal and provisional government to take implicit steps for the awareness of polio so that the decease can be prevented in future.

The meeting chaired by prime minister was held in PM’s office and attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, PM’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta, Engineer-in-Chief of Pakistan Army LTGEN Moazzam Ejaz, and High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan Wendy Gilmore, Federal Secretary Health, Chief Secretaries of Punjab, KPK, Sindh and Balochistan, representatives from Unicef, WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and senior officials.

Focal person of PM briefed the meeting on polio eradication and highlighted the issues in detail regarding the latest incidence and precautionary measures that should be taken in future for the eradication of polio.

‘Polio eradication is the topmost priority of the government’

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Babar Bin Atta, PM’s focal person on polio eradication, also briefed the meeting about the report of International Monitoring Board for the year 2017-18. He discussed and identified loopholes in the strategy that have resulted in the recent increase in polio cases in some parts of the country, especially in Bannu division.

Expressing serious concerns over the recent cases of polio, Prime Minister stated that polio eradication is the topmost priority of our government as it affects the future generation. He emphasized upon the need for a strong Ehsaas Polio Partnership for implementation of the two vital programs.

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan praising him for his efforts for an anti-polio drive in the letter he also pledged to work with the concerned authorities to eradicate the virus.

“Currently, I’m concerned with the polio situation in Pakistan… Large numbers of children in key reservoirs continue to be missed during polio campaigns, in large part due to suboptimal management and increased community resistance to vaccination – all of which is allowing the virus to build and continue circulating,” read the letter.

He also urged Prime Minister Khan to approve a plan created by analysis of management and requesting the federal government to make sure of complete support.


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