Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has reiterated government’s resolve to rid the country of the menace of polio.
He said this while chairing a meeting of Polio Task Force on Tuesday. “We cannot and will not allow polio to wreak havoc in the lives of our children”, he said. Seeking a polio-free life was a fundamental right, he added.
The prime minister said a Polio-free Pakistan is a cherished goal of the government. “This is the least we owe our children and we will continue efforts until polio is wiped out from the country” said the prime minister.
He said Pakistan had come a long way from the first time an anti-polio drive had been initiated in 1994 by Benazir Bhutto, the number of polio cases had dropped from 20,000 cases in 1994 to 56 cases in 2012.’
Ashraf said the very fact that Pakistan was one of the few countries where polio still existed should only strengthen the resolve to leave no stone unturned to eradicate polio completely. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that improved coordination had played a role in reducing the problem of accessibility. He lauded the establishment of special vaccination points to ensure that every child moving in and out of FATA was immunised against the virus.