Pakistan striving hard to end polio: FO

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Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam on Monday said that Pakistan wants to eradicate polio.
In a statement, she said Pakistan has raised the issue of travel ban with the World Health Organisation (WHO). She said Pakistan has been striving hard to end polio and several steps on war footing are underway in this regard.
Earlier, WHO slapped travel restrictions on Pakistanis for authorities’ failure to control polio. Pakistanis will now have to show poliovirus inoculation certification and have to get anti-polio vaccination four weeks before they intend to travel abroad.
Restrictions came when WHO, after a recent meeting, had said that following several days of closed-door discussions, it would decide whether to declare the new spread of polio a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)” that could require measures such as travel restrictions.
WHO took firm decision over having severe concerns on latest polio cases emerged in Pakistan, a majority from the country’s lawless tribal belt with Afghanistan border, including the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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