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Kiani reaffirms government's commitment to eradicate polio.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani on Monday reaffirmed the government's full support for eradication of polio from the country.

During meeting with Chairman Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Polio Eradication Dr Jean-Marc Olive, who called on him, the minister said that the government is making efforts to overcome the remaining challenges as they arise. 'We are committed to stopping polio virus transmission in the core reservoirs and sustaining our highly data-driven programming that effectively guides our operations.'

He expressed his satisfaction in the quality, efficacy and safety of the oral polio vaccine. He added that the polio programme must ensure that every child under five years of age is vaccinated during every immunization campaign.

He said that in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan ensuring basic health, nutrition, and water and safe sanitation services are top priorities of the government. 'I am confident that we will soon achieve lasting benefits for the Pakistani people. The success of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme is an inspiring model and testament to Pakistan's capacity to improve its public health service delivery and ensure the health and well-being of its citizens.

Dr Jean-Marc commended the extraordinary efforts of the country team and thousands of frontline workers, backed by law enforcement agencies, and unprecedented government commitment for polio eradication at all levels. 'The persistent positive environmental samples in the core reservoirs of Peshawar and Karachi, as well as the recent upsurge of positive environmental samples across the country however, mean that the war against polio is far from over,' Dr. Jean-Marc Olive said.

'The inaccessibility related intense virus circulation in shared corridors with Afghanistan further leaves no space for Pakistan to relax till the job is fully done,' he added.

The recent results of September nationwide campaign are quite impressive and with continuation of momentum the country is rightly placed to grab the best opportunity to interrupt virus transmission, Dr. Jean-Marc Olive added.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 9, 2018
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