Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

President terms Polio eradication a high national priority

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that polio eradication remains a high national priority and vigorous steps and initiatives would continue unabated till the complete eradication of the crippling disease from the country.

He said this in a meeting with President Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Chris Elias here on Friday.

He said various mechanisms and innovative strategies like Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell‚ National Task Force on Polio Eradication and National Emergency Action Plan have made marked progress in the fight against polio.

The President appreciated the assistance of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the country in the battle against polio virus and said that Pakistan greatly value the support provided by the Foundation.

President Mamnoon said that despite challenges of inaccessibility in certain areas particularly FATA and some isolated incidents of attacks on polio workers‚ the government is undertaking all possible steps to reach out and vaccinate each and every child under the age of 5 years. He said that a system of zero-tolerance has already been instituted to overcome the issues of negligence and inefficiencies in this regard.

The President said that government plans to engage religious scholars and imams of mosques particularly in FATA to dispel misconceptions regarding polio campaigns. Government was also taking measures for the security and protection of polio workers in this area‚ the President added.