Amid disgrace, anti-polio drops to be administered at entrance/exit of Punjab

Polio Ban

LAHORE – As Pakistan is now facing travel restrictions from international community for its poor performance in anti-polio drive, the chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif vowed to improve situation in the province by administrating vaccination at entrance and exit routes of Punjab.

Shahbaz chaired a meeting on Tuesday in Lahore during which he vowed not to tolerate any mismanagement in anti-polio drive.

Shahbaz Sharif also maintained that not a single child would be left in anti-polio vaccination drive. He sought role play from the elective representatives in their localities to help curb the menace of polio virus.

On Monday, the poor performance of Pakistan in anti-polio campaign has now earned an international damnation as the World Health Organization (WHO) put travel restrictions on 180 million Pakistanis fearing outspread of polio virus.

WHO included Pakistan along with Cameroon and Syria for being the only three countries that were currently exporting wild polio virus.

The travel ban was long expected but unfortunately the government has not yet sorted out any strategy to meet with the challenged. One senior official at the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC), told PakistanTribe on May 1, “Pakistan has not yet worked on a strategy to deal with the restrictions, if imposed.  There would be a strict visa policy for people who will be travelling from Pakistan or coming in, he explained. It will become difficult for frequent business travelers to get vaccinated during every visit.”

The anti-polio organizations like WHO, UNICEF, the Bill anMelinda Gates Foundation have been supporting Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments to eradicate polio in country. However, there is something not right. PakistanTribe had reported stories where anti-polio programmes like Sehat Ka Insaf have been marred with corruption allegations not from the opposition but also from the internal sources of political party which was running the campaign. PakistanTribe also reported several stories where anti-polio workers were either attacked, abducted or killed.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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