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PM Imran to chair meeting on polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair meeting of National Task Force on Polio Eradication on Friday in the federal capital. To ensure complete eradication of the disease from the entire country, important decisions will be taken in the high-level meeting, sources said and added that PM's focal person will brief the meeting on polio eradication. All the four chief ministers, chief sectaries, representatives of the Pakistan Army, interior ministry and officials of the National Task Force on polio eradication will…

Aseefa commends efforts, sacrifices of health teams for polio eradication

KARACHI: Rotary Ambassador for Polio Aseefa Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday celebrated World Polio Day at the Emergency Operation Centre for Polio and inoculated children with two drops of polio vaccine. During the ceremony Aseefa Bhutto Zardari gave presents to children and conversed with their families, followed by a cake cutting ceremony to mark world polio day, and also and met people responsible for managing the polio programme in Sindh. She appreciated the efforts made by the Sindh polio team in the eradication of…

Global donors express confidence in Pakistan’s capacity to eradicate polio

ISLAMABAD: Leading international donor agencies have expressed their full confidence in the Pakistan’s capacity to achieve polio eradication in the near future. A meeting of the key international donors and partners including representatives of the Islamic Development Bank, Rotary International, Government of Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as WHO, UNICEF, USAID and CDC was called by the newly nominated prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication Babar Bin Atta.…

Pakistan reaffirms commitment to polio eradication, says health minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani on Monday re-affirmed the government’s full support to eradication the polio. "The government is making efforts to overcome the remaining challenges as they arise," he said in a meeting with Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Polio Eradication Dr Jean-Marc Olivé. The minister said Pakistan was committed to stopping poliovirus transmission in the core reservoirs and sustaining our highly data-driven programming that effectively…

Japan to provide $3.2m to Regional Polio Laboratory

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan on Friday announced to provide a grant of $3.2 million for the procurement of equipment for the Regional Reference Laboratory for polio eradication located at the National Institute of Health in Islamabad. In an event hosted by the Ministry of National Health Services, the exchange of notes for the grant was officially signed by representatives of the Japanese government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking at the signing ceremony,…

CM Sindh directs to expedite efforts for polio eradication

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to eradicate polio from the province, and issued necessary directives to all divisional and district administration and health officers to work hard to administer polio vaccines and keep their areas clean. “This is a national war and we have to win it,” said the chief minister while presiding over a meeting of provincial task force for eradication of polio. CM Sindh said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries still…

Bill Gates reiterates support for polio eradication in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has reiterated his commitment to continue supporting efforts of Pakistan for polio eradication. He voiced this commitment during a meeting with Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar in Abu Dhabi. Both discussed partnership of the foundation with the Pakistani government in the health sector. A wide range of areas in health sector were discussed, including Pakistan’s progress in polio eradication, mother…

Pakistan’s top Islamic scholars reiterate support for polio eradication efforts

ISLAMABAD: On the eve of World Polio Day this year, the National Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (NIAG) paid special tribute to all of Pakistan’s valiant Sehat Muhafiz who are setting an inspiring example for dedication on the front lines in the fight against polio. Pakistan stands on the brink of ending the scourge of polio and Sehat Muhafiz are leading the charge. “What all these 250,000 men and women have in common is commitment. By vaccinating every child and ensuring that no child is missed, they are…

Islamic scholars reiterate support for polio eradication programme

ISLAMABAD: National Islamic Advisory Group (NIAG) on Tuesday reiterated continued support for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan and efforts to root out the virus from its core reservoirs. Members of NIAG core group met at the National Emergency Operations Centre to review the national and provincial work plans and ensure alignment with the eradication programme plan under the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) 2017-18. There are have only four recorded cases so far this year and great progress toward the…