Provinces told to make polio plan effective
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