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Health

Web Desk
October 24, 2018
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President Alvi urges Pakistan to rise and end polio

Health

Web Desk
Wed, Oct, 18

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Ali has called on the nation to rise and end polio virs from the country once and for all.

His message came as Pakistan marked World Polio Day aimed at spreading awareness about the crippling disease.

“As Pakistan stands today on the brink of eradicating polio, I urge the people of Pakistan to rise and #EndPolio, once and for all,” he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message on the World Polio Day reiterated government’s resolve to ending the polio from the country.

"Our government is fully committed to ending polio in Pakistan. On #WorldPolioDay, I am confident, together with our people, we will achieve a safer, healthier and polio-free Pakistan for our children," the premier said.

The day is annually observed to commemorate fight against poliomyelitis and pay tribute to Jonas Salk, American medical researcher and virologist, who led the first team that developed a vaccine against poliomyelitis.


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has given priority to health sector in his 100-Day Agenda.

In his opinion piece published today, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Babar Bin Atta stressed upon the need to getting united to fight this battle.

"Few ideas have greater gravity than the eradication of a human disease – just as people now live free from the fear of smallpox, so a polio-free world is within our grasp. This World Polio Day offers compelling evidence for Pakistan to celebrate the milestones that the country has achieved in its crusade against polio," he wrote.

"More importantly, however, it is an occasion for serious contemplation: despite being on the brink of eradication, why is Pakistan still one of last three remaining polio endemic countries in the world? Why do hundreds and thousands of children remain unvaccinated in every single campaign despite marked improvements in campaign quality and surveillance? What precautions has the country taken to pre-empt future outbreaks? And the list of questions goes on."

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