ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that Pakistan was committed to eradicate the deadly Polio virus and would fulfill all its international obligations in this regard.
The Prime Minister who chaired a special high level meeting of the Steering Committee for the Eradication of Polio here at the PM Office, categorically stated, “We shall not tolerate Polio in Pakistan. We shall certainly beat it.”
Terming the rise in the number of reported cases, the Prime Minister, as an emergency said, the “war against it can be won … has to be won.”
At the meeting attended by the Chief Ministers of all the four provinces Prime Minister Sharif reiterated that the government would leave no stone unturned to eradicate Polio from Pakistan.
He instructed the Chief Ministers to tackle the matter with a high degree of seriousness, which it deserves.
“The future of our children is at stake and we must protect them at all costs.”
“As the Prime Minister every child of Pakistan is dear to me and they are like my own children. No one likes to see his own children disabled,” he remarked.
“Any laxity, negligence, inaction shall be a crime against our future generations,” the Prime Minister warned.
He said the Government of Pakistan, the Armed Forces and the civilian outfits all stand united to help the country fight this crippling disease.
He however pointed that Pakistan faced one of the most complex environments for Polio eradication in the world. He pointed how the front line health workers faced ban, violence, inaccessibility owing to intricate cultural and tribal norms and terrorist activities that hampered the government’s plans for stopping the spread of the deadly Polio virus.
He said there was no global precedence to such specific problems which our country was facing and all these problems contributed to the increase in the cases of Polio this year.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the military operation was underway to thrash out the terrorists from North and South Waziristan. He said the children of these areas who have been deprived of Polio vaccination since 2012 are now getting immunized.
“I can assure you we will grasp this opportunity to vaccinate all such children to deliver once and for all a Polio free Pakistan.”
He said “we have to protect every children within our border and beyond, ensuring Polio vaccination of international travelers in compliance with international health regulations.”
The Prime Minister said he has issued instructions to provide him fortnightly briefings that he will personally monitor on regular basis.