WHO, partners affirm support to end polio in Pakistan


Islamabad, October 24 (Online): The World Health Organization (WHO) marked the international World Polio Day on October 24 by recognizing the contributions of the Government of Pakistan, polio workers, caregivers, civil society and donors, who are united in fight against polio in Pakistan.

While speaking at the occasion, the country representativeof WHO, Dr Palitha Mahi palacommented that “after more than 30 years of effort, the African region was certified as free of wild polio in August this year.It’s a great and momentous achievement that we are able to celebrate this on this World Polio Day and are working hard to ensure that Pakistan can be the next country on the journey to a polio-free world.”

Dr Palitha noted that, the polio eradication programme and partners affirmed they will remain undeterred and urged all to get behind this national cause.“Due to enormous challenges such asmis conceptions about vaccines and the COVID-19lockdowns, the efforts against polio have been affected. The polio programme, with its partners, have now been able to ramp-up activities with are vitalized resolve to end polio in Pakistan, as recently done by Africa.

He further added that the global partners including; WHO and UNICEF, have contributed a lot while supporting the Government of Pakistan in this noble and global cause of polio eradication. However, more is needed to end polio once and for all. A key factor in its success is the hard work of over 260,000 frontline workers.

While addressing the attendees Dr. Palitha applauded them saying, “they are our real heroes in this effort, and with the provided support, they have made us proud by vaccinating millions of children during each campaign