Fight­ing Against Po­lio

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your spe­cial fea­ture “Bat­tling Po­lio” was an in­for­ma­tive and in­sight­ful piece de­scrib­ing the ef­forts, which Pak­istan is tak­ing to erad­i­cate this dis­ease. Plagued by the syn­drome for a long time, Pak­istan is one of the last three coun­tries in the world with recorded po­lio cases. This poses a chal­lenge for the govern­ment as it must take all pos­si­ble steps to wipe out the dis­ease from the coun­try for good. Adding depth to the ar­ti­cle was the writer’s de­ci­sion to ad­dress the is­sue from a broader per­spec­tive by adding key po­lio statis­tics. More­over, the list of at­tacks car­ried out by ter­ror­ist groups on po­lio cam­paigns across Pak­istan high­lighted the se­cu­rity con­cerns po­lio work­ers are fac­ing while per­form­ing their du­ties on the field. Al­though the govern­ment is try­ing all pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to stamp out po­lio once and for all, the ef­forts seem fu­tile with se­cu­rity risks loom­ing over the po­lio work­ers. It is high time that the govern­ment se­ri­ously looks into the

mat­ter and with the help of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Po­lio Mon­i­tor­ing and Erad­i­ca­tion Cell, im­ple­ments strate­gies in mak­ing Pak­istan po­lio free in the next few years. The path will be rick­ety; how­ever, with all the re­sources by the coun­try’s side, this ob­jec­tive can turn into a re­al­ity. Shaista Ilyas Dubai, UAE

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