Polio vaccination points to be established at airports
ISLAMABAD: The Health Ministry has decided to establish mandatory polio immunisation points at international airports following travel restrictions by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Pakistan over sharp polio spread, ARY News reported Tuesday.
The cells will have all facilities available to facilitate the travelers. The WHO had called on Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria, seen as posing the greatest risk of exporting wild poliovirus, to ensure all residents and long-term visitors receive a polio vaccine between four weeks and a year before travelling abroad.
For urgent travel, at least one vaccine dose should be given before departure, according to the emergency committee, which also called for all travellers to be given certificates proving they have been immunised.
According to the WHO, Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012. It has also recorded 59 of the world's 74 cases this year.