Pakistan

PM Nawaz to chair meeting on polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a high level meeting on Wednesday to discuss strategies for eradicating polio from the country, ARY News reports.

All four Chief Ministers, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed will be present in the meeting.

UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials will also attend the meeting.

International Monitoring Board has recommended UNICEF to toughen the travel restrictions on Pakistan due to the increasing polio cases in the country. It should be noted that Pakistan is amongst the only three countries of the world with polio cases.

Polio teams have been consistently targeted during the immunization drives by extremist elements whereas parents are also reluctant to immunize their children from the virus.

Earlier, the government of Pakistan had sent a letter to International Monitoring Board Chairperson Liam J. Donaldson informing him about the problems faced by the polio teams during the immunization process.

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