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Health Ministry unable to provide 60,000 polio vaccines to army

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Health has apologized to the Pakistan Army for not being able to provide polio vaccines demanded by the former, ARY News reported Thursday.

Pakistan Army had sought 60,000 polio vaccines from Ministry of Health in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In a letter written by army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) to health ministry, it was said that 60,000 oral polio vaccines be provided to army as its personnel are scheduled to travel abroad for UN Peace Mission, short courses and those on deputation.

The letter had demanded issuance of immunization certificates as well. The letter reads, “50,000 polio vaccines are required for army, followed by 8,000 vaccines for Pakistan Air Force and 2,000 vaccines for Pakistan Navy.

Officials in the health ministry said it was impossible to provide number of vaccines sought by army. They said army could get such vaccines from relevant hospitals.

It is learnt that health ministry would soon inform the GHQ in writing about shortage of vaccines and their inability to provide the same.

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