Detection of recent polio cases in the country is matter of grave concern: PM


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the detection of recent polio cases in the country are alarming besides calling for collective efforts to eradicate polio from the country.

Chairing a meeting of National Task Force on Polio Eradication in Islamabad on Wednesday, he assured that the federal government would extend every possible assistance and cooperation in this regard.

He said all the stakeholders including federal departments, provincial governments and international organizations have rendered valuable services for eradication of polio from the country.

The Prime Minister thanked international organizations including World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for extending technical and financial support to Pakistan’s anti polio campaign.

The meeting was informed that three polio cases were reported in North Waziristan during the months of April and May this year.

It was informed that twenty-five districts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at high risk regarding the spread of polio virus.

No polio case was reported in the period between February 2021 and March 2022.

The Prime Minister directed the provincial governments to fully focus on anti-polio campaign.

He added the partnership with international partners will continue in order to ensure complete polio eradication.

The Prime Minister launched a new anti-polio campaign by administering anti-polio drops to children.

He urged that all provincial governments should place full focus on anti polio campaign.

The partnership will international partners will continue so that eradication of polio could become possible.

The need is there all stake holders should work with high spirit and enthusiasm to eliminate polio virus, he added.

Polio challenge is still there and there is urgent need that all should work together for eradication of polio, he stressed.