Pakistani MPs to monitor anti-polio campaign
By Aamir Latif, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
ISLAMABAD - Following travel restrictions placed on Pakistanis by the World Health Organization because of the country's polio outbreak, Pakistan's government has requested MPs monitor vaccination campaigns in their constituencies.
"From today, all the parliamentarians will monitor the anti-polio campaign in their respective constituencies in order to achieve the desired results in regard to a polio-free Pakistan,” Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar told the parliament, after MPs adopted a unanimous resolution vowing to jointly work to eradicate polio from Pakistan.
The World Health Organization last week made it mandatory for Pakistanis travelling abroad to present a polio vaccination certificate after some 54 polio cases, 44 of which were found in the northeastern North Waziristan region, have so far been found this year.
No polio cases have been reported in the northeastern Punjab and southwestern Baluchistan provinces this year. There have been 10 cases of polio traced in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southern Sindh provinces, whose residents require vaccinations to enter Punjab, the country’s richest and most populous province.
Pakistan is one of the only three countries where polio remains endemic, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria. Currently, the polio virus affects ten countries in the world.
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