ISLAMABAD: In line with the government’s initiative to eradicate polio from Pakistan, the army has been asked to assist the civil government in making this campaign a success.
A meeting was held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) to coordinate details of the campaign with particular emphasis on security and access to the affected areas. Representatives from the World Health Organisation, federal government, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas Secretariat attended the meeting. The forum was appraised of the current polio situation in the country and challenges being faced for smooth conduct of anti-polio campaign.
The forum also expressed the urgency for polio eradication imperative to save the future generations. The participants stressed the need for taking all necessary measures, including improving security situation, to make Pakistan a polio-free country.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan may face international travelling ban due to highest number of polio cases worldwide. It is one of the three countries where polio is still categorised as an endemic.
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