Prov­inces told to make po­lio plan ef­fec­tive

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The pro­vin­cial health de­part­ments will de­lib­er­ate fur­ther with the pro­vin­cial teams and pro­vide a more de­tailed in­put to make the Pres­i­dent's Po­lio Emer­gency Plan ef­fec­tive and work­able. This was de­cided in a meet­ing held here on Tues­day to dis­cuss and fi­nal­ize the Pres­i­dent's Po­lio Emer­gency Plan. The meet­ing was chaired by the Min­is­ter for Health, Makhdoom Sha­habud­din and at­tended by Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial Health Min­is­ters to give their in­puts for the plan.

The meet­ing dis­cussed the Pres­i­dent's Emer­gency Ac­tion Plan for Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion in the coun­try which has been de­vel­oped jointly by na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts on the sub­jects in the wake of sharp in­crease in the num­ber of po­lio cases in Pak­istan dur­ing the cur­rent year. The Plan en­vis­ages stop­ping trans­mis­sion of po­liovirus by the end of year 2011 through ag­gres­sively meet­ing chal­lenges like in­se­cu­rity in FATA and man­age­ment gaps in some dis­tricts of the coun­try, the meet­ing was told.

Ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, Makhdoom Sha­habud­din said that this sit­u­a­tion is un­ac­cept­able which is now be­com­ing the last re­main­ing reser­voir of en­demic po­lio in the world and the only re­main­ing threat to achiev­ing po­lio erad­i­ca­tion.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent meet­ing held be­tween the Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan and Dr. Mar­garet Chan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the min­is­ter quot­ing Dr. Chan said, "Pak­istan can­not, let-up its po­lio vac­ci­na­tion ef­forts, at-least un­til a com­plete erad­i­ca­tion has been achieved, and that rel­a­tively small de­crease in in­ten­sity of im­mu­niza­tion could lead to large out­breaks." -App

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