President Dr Arif Alvi Urges Collective Efforts To Make Pakistan Polio Free
President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for collective efforts to eradicate polio from the country by raising awareness against the crippling disease
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Sep, 2019 ) :President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for collective efforts to eradicate polio from the country by raising awareness against the crippling disease.
Chairing a briefing on polio eradication here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said strict measures needed to be adopted including overcoming of community resistance and building stronger healthcare systems across the country.
The meeting was attended by health partners including UNICEF, WHO, Rotary Club and Melinda Gates Foundation. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, and provincial chief secretaries were present.
He expressed confidence that Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme had developed exceptional national expertise, knowledge and systems to beat the virus and to inspire communities and parents to safeguard their children.
President Dr Alvi commended the efforts of polio eradication teams including health partners and emphasized that the role of Council of Islamic Ideology and mosques must be incorporated in their projects to overcome large-scale community mistrust.
The President appreciated the Ehsas-Polio partnership and hoped that it would augur well for the polio eradication campaign.
Prime Minister's Focal Person on Polio Eradication (PMFP) Babar bin Atta gave a detailed presentation on the current situation of polio cases in the country and about the measures on complete eradication.
He briefed the meeting that all stakeholders were engaged including Ulemas (religious leaders) to convince people to willingly administer polio drops to children and support polio vaccination campaign, especially in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.