Islamabad, March 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): A delegation of WHO headed by Dr. Margaret Chan, called on the Prime Minister in the PM House. Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, MOS for National Health Services and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister welcomed the delegation to Pakistan. He expressed his gratitude for the significant contribution made by the WHO to the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan. Prime Minister also appreciated the consistent support being provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to provide quality healthcare services and enhance the overall well being of the people of Pakistan.
Prime Minister said that Pakistan is a front line state in the war against terrorism, for which it has paid heavy costs, particularly in terms of human life and suffering. The polio campaign is also a collateral damage of this war, he added.
Prime Minister said that National Action Plan for Polio Eradication has been finalized and all officials of Polio Program including technical experts from WHO and UNICEF are fully geared up to ensure its implementation on ground. Special security arrangements have been further enhanced, he added.
Prime Minister said that we seek WHO’s support for global reinforcement of our national polio eradication efforts, especially with respect to vaccine procurement and funds. He further added that we look towards the global community for support to augment our efforts.
Prime Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to strengthening national efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan and said that we will maintain the highest momentum for the drive till such time that polio is completely eradicated in Pakistan and across the globe.
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