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Pakistan risks travel ban from WHO

ISLAMABAD: World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday released the advisory citing the decision of expected travel restriction to be imposed on Pakistan while official announcement regarding the matter is expected tomorrow, ARY News reported.

According to advisory received by ARY News, along with Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon is likely to face travel restrictions. However the official announcement will be made by Deputy Chief Dr. Bruce Elodie at 4:00 P.M PST.

Initially the travel restrictions will be imposed for three months and it will be reviewed after the given time period.

At the start of current year, during the executive board meeting held in Geneva, member countries of WHO had asked Dr Margaret Chan, Chief of WHO to impose travel restrictions on Pakistan as well as to hold meeting with Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to make him aware about concerns of international community regarding the spread of Polio to other countries, sources revealed.

Later, on April 28, WHO formed International Health Regulations’ (IHR) Emergency Committee. The committee conducted teleconference meetings from Geneva with the representatives of governments from polio-affected countries over two days. In Pakistan, the PM’s focal person on polio eradication, Ayesha Raza Farooq, and senior public health expert Dr Asad Hafeez spoke with the committee.

 

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