Polio to be completely eradicated from Pakistan soon: President

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Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has appreciated the efforts of the Government for eradication of polio virus which is evident from the fact that only three cases of polio have been reported this year. The President hoped that Pakistan will soon get rid of polio owing to successful continuation of polio eradication drive.  

The President said this while talking to Chairman Rotary International Mr. kalyan M. Banerjee who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Thursday. The senior member of the foundation Aziz Memon, Rotary District Governors Ms. Faiza Qamar and Mr. Ovais Kohari, Head of Pakistan’s Emergency Operations Cell for Polio Eradication Dr. Rana Safdar and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

The President noted that the major reason behind the spread of polio was militancy which has now been largely overcome and as a result it is expected that polio will be completely eliminated from the country. The President emphasized that the Government is making all out efforts to root out the polio virus from the country and these endeavors are producing positive results. He stated that the major reasons behind the outbreak of such diseases are illiteracy and lack of awareness of the basic principles of hygiene. He added that the Government is working on a comprehensive strategy under which the primary education will be completely entrusted to women which will help in creating awareness about primary health, increasing the literacy rate among women and eradicating fatal diseases from the society.

On the occasion, Chairman Rotary International Mr. kalyan M. Banerjee apprised the President about his effort to wipe out polio and said that his foundation will continue to cooperate with the Government of Pakistan in this regard.