Po­lio free Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - RAHIMA TAUQEER

Two years back, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) de­clared and cer­ti­fied South East Asia as po­lio free re­gion, but this was not at all a good news for Pak­istan and Afghanistan. India was also de­clared as a po­lio-free na­tion. There are just three coun­tries in the world that still have po­lio pa­tients and sadly Pak­istan is also counted in this aus­pi­cious list be­sides Afghanistan and Nige­ria.

It is a dis­ease caused due to un­aware­ness of peo­ple just be­cause they don’t con­sider the ad­min­is­tra­tion of po­lio vac­cine nec­es­sary for their chil­dren and avoid pro­vid­ing them with po­lio drops. They don’t even have idea that it is a need of ev­ery child so as to con­tinue a nor­mal life when grown up. There is a vast num­ber of peo­ple who are now quiet help­less for their chil­dren and feel guilty just be­cause they did not con­sider it im­por­tant for their young ones and as a re­sult their chil­dren now suf­fer from this dis­ease. It is very sad that there is no cure for this dis­ease. Every­one needs to un­der­stand that this is not only a need but ba­si­cally a right of ev­ery child.

The gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan should cre­ate aware­ness about this dis­ease among peo­ple all over Pak­istan be­cause this is one of most se­ri­ous is­sues in our coun­try. Al­though the Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Group (TAG) de­clared 2 years ago that this dis­ease would com­pletely be elim­i­nated through­out the coun­try be­fore the year 2014.

The Fed­eral gov­ern­ment as well as Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtoonkhwa must cre­ate aware­ness among ci­ti­zens liv­ing in the Province to con­vince the peo­ple that the gov­ern­ment wants to erad­i­cate po­lio from the coun­try with­out in­tend­ing to harm the peo­ple as it is a need and ba­sic right and a step to­wards a po­lio-free Pak­istan in near fu­ture. —Karachi

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